Milwaukee, Wis. (November 11, 2011)—Mount St. Mary's opened the 2011-12 season with a 91-37 loss at #22 Marquette on Friday night. Sophomore Julian Norfleet paced the Mountaineers with 12 points while senior Danny Thompson pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Golden Eagles (1-0) raced to a 49-18 halftime lead en route to the victory. Turnovers were a key in the game as Marquette scored 45 points off 29 Mount turnovers en route to the victory.
The Mount shot 16-for-55 (.291) from the field in the game and was just 2-for-18 (.111) from three-point range. Mount St. Mary's hung tough on the boards, though, with Marquette holding a narrow 36-to-33 edge there.
Three freshmen made their Mount debuts with Xavier Owens posting four points and seven rebounds, Kelvin Parker two points and three boards and Chad Holley one assist and a steal in the game. Thompson finished with six points and 11 rebounds while Raven Barber chipped in eight points on 4-of-7 shooting.
Darius Johnson-Odom led six Marquette players in double figures with 16 points. Jae Crowder and Chris Otule added 14 poijtns each in the win.
The Mount played short-handed in the game as head coach Robert Burke announced the suspensions of senior guard Lamar Trice and sophomore forward Kristijan Krajina earlier in the day. In addition, junior forward Ja'Colby Wells did not play due to an injury.
After Marquette scored the first bucket, the Mount evened the score on a Thompson dunk on a behind-the-back feed from Norfleet. After six straight Marquette points, Norfleet drained a three-pointer to make the score 8-5. From there, the Golden Eagles took control with a 23-to-4 run to take a commanding 31-9 lead with 7:54 left in the half.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Wednesday, November 16, with a 7:00 p.m. game at Hartford.
Game Notes: This was the first-ever meeting between the two teams…The Mount is now 0-13 all-time against teams in the Big East Conference…The Mount is also 1-16 all-time against ranked opponents since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89.