MOUNT ST. MARY'S vs. HOOD
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Knott Arena, Emmitsburg, Md.
The Mount St. Mary's University men's basketball team hosts Hood College in an exhibition game on Thursday, November 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the final tuneup before the start of the regular season.
MOUNT ST. MARY'S UPDATE
- Fans will get their first chance to see the new look Mountaineers when they face Hood. The Mount roster features a graduate student, nine freshmen and seven sophomores. There are 10 new faces on the roster this year in addition to first-year head coach Dan Engelstad.
- The Mount's top returnee is sophomore Omar Habwe, who averaged 2.6 points and 1.5 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game last season.
- Hood is coming off a 10-15 season that included a 6-10 mark in conference play. The Blazers return their top four scorers from last season in Anthony Person (11.8), Michael Riley (11.0), Mason Wang (9.3) and Jared Ruiz (9.1).
NEC PRESEASON POLL
- Mount St. Mary's was picked to finish in in last place in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
- Saint Francis U was tabbed as the preseason favorite, followed by Fairleigh Dickinson, defending champion LIU Brooklyn, Wagner, Robert Morris, Central Connecticut, St. Francis Brooklyn, Bryant, Sacred Heart and the Mount.
- The Preseason All-NEC team included the Keith Braxton (SFU), Jamaal King (SFU), Mike Holloway (FDU), Raiquan Clark (LIU) and Tyler Kohl (CCSU).
- Graduate student K.J. Scott and sophomore Jalen Gibbs each transferred to the Mount this season, and are immediately eligible.
- Scott, a grad transfer from Texas Southern, averaged 12.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in seven games for Texas Southern last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Scott tallied 437 points in 42 games in his two seasons at Texas Southern.
- Gibbs transferred to the Mount from Drake, where he averaged 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds as a freshman last season. Gibbs, who was granted a waiver by the NCAA to be eligible this season at the Mount, appeared in 32 games last year for Drake, averaging 10.8 minutes per game.
HEAD COACH DAN ENGELSTAD
- Dan Engelstad takes over for Jamion Christian as the Mount's head coach this season.
- Engelstad, a former assistant coach at the Mount under Milan Brown, spent the last five seasons at the helm of Southern Vermont College (SVC) in Bennington, Vermont, where he led a remarkable turnaround and helped carry the program to new heights. The Bethesda, Maryland native posted a 104-34 (.754) career record at SVC, was named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Coach of the Year three times, and helped guide the program to a pair of NECC Championships, including the school's first-ever title in 2016.
- The Mountaineers open the 2018-19 season at NC State on Tuesday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. The game will air on ACC Network Extra.