LIU Gameday Preview – Game 12 – Mount St. Mary’s

Mount St. Mary’s Knott Arena where it has been a house of horrors for visiting teams plays host to the Blackbirds in the NEC opener for both teams. (Photo: eventseeker.com)

Game Info

Opponent: Mount St. Mary’s

Conference: NEC
Current Record: 3-10
Tip: 2:00 PM
Where: Knott Arena – Emmitsburg, MD

About the Opponent

Previous Game: Loss @ Binghamton, 62-53
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 15-15/11-7
KenPom Rank: 264
Meeting History: 56th all-time meeting. LIU leads series, 29-26. Mount has won the last three meetings.

High Scorer: BK Ashe, Guard, Jr., 15.2 ppg

High Rebounder: Gregory Graves, Forward, Sr., 4.7 rpg

High Assist man: Junior Robinson, Guard, So., 3.9 apg

Starting Probables

LIU Brooklyn:

G – Aakim Saintil
G – Martin Hermannsson
G – Joel Hernandez
F – Nura Zanna
F – Jerome Frink

Mount St. Mary’s:

G – Junior Robinson
G – Khalid Nwandu
G – Elijah Long
F – Chris Wray
F – Gregory Graves

Mount St. Mary’s Scouting Report

The Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers were the preseason NEC coaches pick to win the Northeast Conference this season. They were picked to win it all this season because of all the returning talent that had coming back. Plus their Mount Mayhem playing style always poses a challenge to opposition with their full court presses and all the three pointers they love to take.

The Mount come into NEC at 3-10, losers of four straight, all coming on the road. In fact, Mount has won all three of their home games and lost all ten of their games away from Knott Arena. Under Jamion Christian, the Mount have been a team that plays much better at home than they do on the road. The Mount are 32-9 in three-plus seasons under Christian at home. In the past three season, the Mount have outscored their opponents at home by 5.4 points per game. This season, in their three home games, they have won by a 16.6 points per game margin.

The Mountaineers coming into conference play seventh in the NEC in scoring offense at 65.8 ppg and shooting just a shade below 40% as a team. They are currently fourth in the NEC in three-point shooting percentage at 31.2%. They have 97 threes made which second among NEC teams. They are last in the NEC in rebounding margin as they are getting out-rebounded by 15 rebounds per game but are first in the NEC in turnover margin, forcing 5.6 more turnovers on their opponents. Their 25.8% turnover percentage on defense is currently second in the nation with an 11.2% steal percentage.

They are currently led in scoring by All-NEC preseason team member BK Ashe who is scoring 15.2 points per game which is 5th in the NEC. Three times he has scored over 20 points in a game this season. He scored a season-high 25 points against Elon. He is shooting below 30% from three so far this season. He has been coming off the bench the last ten games but averages nearly 30 minutes per game.

The quarterback of this team is sophomore point guard Junior Robinson. The 5’5” guard is second on the team in scoring at 9.8 ppg and leads the team in assists with 3.9 apg. He has connected on 35% of his threes this season. Last season, at Barclays, he took over in the second half and propelled them in a comeback win over LIU.

The other All-NEC preseason team member for the Mount is senior forward Gregory Graves who is averaging 8.3 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 4.7 rpg. Graves’ shooting numbers are slightly down so far this season as he is just shooting 35% from the field. Last season, he scored 18 points in their last meeting versus LIU.

Other impact guys that could likely play a key factor are senior big man Taylor Danaher, sophomore guard Charles Glover, three-point specialist Will Miller, and sophomore forward Chris Wray who had a couple of highlight plays already this season.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU squandered a couple of second-half leads in a 83-79 loss at UMass Monday evening to finish non-conference play at 6-5.

– Junior forward Jerome Frink, LIU’s leading scorer and rebounder through non-conference play, finished with his third double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds. His 9.2 rebounds per game is tops among all NEC players.

– Sophomore Martin Hermannsson is coming off his second straight 18-point game. His 15.2 ppg average is second on the team.

– Junior point guard Aakim Saintil is coming off his second straight sub-par game after an 8-point, 2 for 12 shooting game against UMass. In his last two games, Saintil is 3 for 16 from the field.

– Since losing his starting position, junior Iverson Fleming has scored only 6 points in three games and went scoreless in 23 minutes against UMass. He is 2 for his last 14 from the field including 0 for 5 from three.

– Trevin Woods is struggling with his shooting confidence. In 9 games since coming back from his injury, he is shooting just 18% and is 1 of 16 from three. Last season, Woods shot 32% from deep. Trevon Woods is just 3 for his last 13 three-point field goal attempts in his last three games. LIU needs the twins to find their shooting stroke.

– LIU Brooklyn are 0-3 in NEC openers under head coach Jack Perri. This is the third time in Perri’s four years in which LIU has started NEC play on the road.

KenPom Prediction: Mount St. Mary’s, 77-73

Next Game: LIU Brooklyn @ Central Connecticut  – Monday, January 4th – Tip is scheduled for 7pm. Game will be aired live on MSG network and Fox College Sports.

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