Posted: Feb 08, 2019
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-19, 2-9 NEC) at SACRED HEART (11-13, 7-4 NEC)
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 3 pm
William H. Pitt Center, Fairfield, Conn.
NEWS AND NOTES
- LIU Brooklyn scored the first 10 points and held the lead the rest of the way in a 77-62 win over the Mount on Thursday night at Barclays Center. The Mount cut the deficit to 36-33 at the half, and trailed 43-40 early in the second stanza. The Blackbirds used a 15-to-3 run to take a 15-point advantage, and were able to cruise to the victory. Jalen Gibbs led the Mount with 17 points, hitting 5-of-8 from three-point range in the contest while Malik Jefferson chipped in 12 points and a team-high seven boards.
- Sacred Heart snapped a six-game losing streak to the Mount with an 87-79 win at Knott Arena on January 31. Mount St. Mary's holds a 27-11 lead in the all-time series, and is 16-4 over the past 20 matchups between the two teams. The Mountaineers are 11-6 all-time at the Pitt Center, including a 68-55 win in the 2008 Northeast Conference championship game.
- Freshman forward Malik Jefferson was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday. Jefferson averaged 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Mount in a pair of games, shooting 78.9 percent on 15-of-19 shooting. It is the second time this season that Jefferson has won the award. Jefferson followed with 12 points and seven rebounds in the Mount's loss to LIU Brooklyn on Thursday night. The 6-9 forward is averaging 15.3 points and 8.0 rebounds over the past three games.
- Jalen Gibbs went 5-of-8 from three-point range in the loss at LIU Brooklyn on Thursday night. It was the fourth time this season that Gibbs has made four or more three-pointers in a game. Gibbs made a season-high six three-pointers in the Mount's win over Wilson College.
- Freshman forward Nana Opoku blocked a career-high nine shots to pace the Mount defense against Saint Francis U last Saturday. The nine blocks are the third-most in a game in Mount history, and the most since Gerben Van Dorpe had 10 blocks at Rider on January 11, 1996. The school record is 11 blocks set by Randy Edney on Jan. 15, 1994, against LIU Brooklyn.