NORFOLK, VA- Led by a 31-point effort by Julian Norfleet, Mount St. Mary's shot nearly 70 percent from the floor in a 104-84 victory over the Norfolk State men's basketball team on Friday night at Joseph Echols Hall.
The Mountaineers hit 18-of-25 from 3-point range in breaking NSU's 16-game home winning streak. The Spartans did fare well on the offensive end, hitting close to 60 percent for the game, but NSU (8-7) was unable to overcome The Mount's prowess from long range.
Norfleet hit 11-of-13 overall and had four of the team's 3-pointers to go along with 10 assists and four steals. Mount St. Mary's (4-9) shot 35-of-51 (68.6 percent) overall on the night, including 22-of-29 (75.9 percent) in the first half.
NSU outscored the Mountaineers by two in the second half and committed just two turnovers after having 11 in the first half. Mount St. Mary's had a 20-4 edge in points off turnovers in the first half but failed to score any in the second. The Mount also had a 13-2 edge in fastbreak points in the first but scored only two in that manner after intermission.
Senior Brandon Goode led NSU with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting, while seniors Anell Alexis and Malcolm Hawkins each tallied 16 on a combined 10-of-15 shooting. The Spartans connected on 32-of-54 (59.3 percent) overall, including 15-of-21 in the first stanza (71.4 percent).
After the Mountaineers missed their opening 3-point attempt, both teams combined to make 20 straight shots in a contest reminiscent of NSU's 115-85 win over Newberry earlier in the year. By the time the next miss came around, at 10:18 on a 3-point attempt by the Mountaineers, they led the Spartans 30-23.
NSU made its first 10 shots of the game, but the Spartans eventually called timeout after a quick layup gave Mount St. Mary's a 14-point edge, 39-25. The Mountaineers pushed it to 19, 47-28, and by as much as 25 in the first half.
The Spartans got no closer than 18 in the early part of the second half before a couple of free throws from Hawkins at 7:56 cut the deficit to 15. An 11-1 run by the Mountaineers, though, pushed their advantage back up to 20 for the rest of the contest. Junior Jamel Fuentes added 13 points and eight assists for the Spartans.