NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST FOUR ROUND
#16 MOUNT ST. MARY'S (19-15) vs. #16 NEW ORLEANS (20-11)
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 6:40 p.m.
UD Arena | Dayton, Ohio
TELEVISION: truTV (Brian Anderson, Clark Kellogg, Lewis Johnson)
LISTEN: Westwood One (Ted Emrich, Austin Croshere)
LISTEN: 930-AM WFMD (Adam Pohl)
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MOUNT STORY LINES
· Mount St. Mary's opened the second half with a 22-to-3 run to rally from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Saint Francis U, 71-61, in the Northeast Conference Championship game at Knott Arena on March 7. Trailing 31-23 at the half, the Mount scored the first eight points of the second stanza to tie the game. Freshman Miles Wilson scored eight consecutive points ahead of a Junior Robinson three-pointer that made it 45-34. The closest the Red Flash got the rest of the way was nine points. Elijah Long led the Mount with 24 points while Robinson added 22. Wilson finished with his first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
· Elijah Long was named the Northeast Conference Tournament most valuable player after averaging 21.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in the three games. He joins Silas Cheung (1995), Gregory Harris (1999), Jean Cajou (2008) and Rashad Whack (2014) as the Mount's NEC Tournament MVPs.
· The Mount is set to make its fifth NCAA Division I Tournament appearance, joining teams from 1995, 1999, 2008 and 2014.
· The Mountaineers will be playing in the NCAA Opening Round for the third time, following appearances in 2008 and 2014. The Mount posted a 69-60 victory over Coppin St. in the Opening Round in 2008, but fell to Albany in the 2014 matchup, 71-64.
· Mount Head Coach Jamion Christian has led the Mount to the NEC title game in three of his five seasons at the helm of the program. Overall, in 11 seasons as a Division I assistant and head coach, Christian's teams have advanced to the conference championship game six times.
· Mount St. Mary's opened the 2016-17 season with a 1-11 record. Since that time, the Mount is 18-4 while averaging 70.7 points per game and shooting 47.7 percent from the field over that stretch.