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GAME NOTES: MONMOUTH AT MOUNT ST. MARY'S (JAN. 5, 7:00 P.M.)

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Release: January 04, 2013
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Game 15 • Monmouth (5-9, 0-1 NEC) at Mount St. Mary's (5-7, 0-1 NEC)
Saturday, January 5, 2013 • 7:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. • Knott Arena

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Monmouth-Mount St. Mary's Series History
• Monmouth leads the all-time series 30-23, in a series that dates back to 1973-74.
• Mount St. Mary's won the series opener 69-55 in 1973.
• The Hawks, who swept last year’s series, won in Knott Arena for the first time since 2007, and for just the fifth time ever.
• In NEC play, the Mount holds a 24-18 edge.

Monmouth vs. the Northeast Conference
• Monmouth is 256-221 all-time against the Northeast Conference.
• Under King Rice, Monmouth is 10-9 against the NEC. 


BLUE & WHITE BITS:
• Monmouth head coach King Rice, who guided the Hawks to the NEC Tournament in his first year, returns to the sidelines on Saturday, when the Hawks travel to Mount St. Mary's for a Northeast Conference contest in Knott Arena.
• Rice, whose team faced its fifth nationally-ranked team since he took over the Monmouth program when the Hawks faced Syracuse, is now 17-29 overall with the Hawks, and is 10-9 in league play.
• Syracuse was Monmouth's highest-ranked opponent in the regular season in Monmouth's Division I history.
• With its victory over Binghamton on December 3, Monmouth posted its 400th Division I win in program history. In the win over the Bearcats, senior Ed Waite posted a career-high 23 points on a near perfect evening for the forward. He connected on 9-of-10 from the floor, and 5-for-5 from the free throw line, with nine rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.
• For his career-high effort in the season-opener against Hofstra, sophomore Andrew Nicholas was tabbed the Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week on Monday, November 12.
• The Hawks opened the season with a 29-point victory over Hofstra, where Monmouth had 25 assists and 17 steals and forced 23 turnovers.
• MU has forced 20+ turnovers in eight of its first 14 games and is averaging 20.9 forced turnovers a contest, which has turned into 278 points for the Hawks. The Blue and White have forced at least 15 miscues by its opposition in all 14 contests.
• The Blue and White opened the year with a win for the first time since 2009, and posted the most points in a non-conference game since that win over FIU (99 points).
• Monmouth, which tied for fifth place in the league standings in 2011-12 and claimed the No. 6 seed in the conference postseason, finished last year 7-5 at home.
• The Hawks won nine of their last 12 games last season to finish 12-20 overall and 10-8 in the NEC. Monmouth posted its first NEC regular season winning record since its championship season in 2005-06.
• Last season, Monmouth University earned its 250th all-time Northeast Conference win, joining three other current league institutions to do so (FDU, RMU and LIU).
• Three members of Monmouth's current squad have been named to the Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team, upping Monmouth's program total to 17 players who have earned that distinction from the league. The three members include seniors Ed Waite, Marcus Ware and Dion Nesmith.
• Following Thursday night’s loss at Wagner, Monmouth is now 16-12 all-time in Northeast Conference openers, dating back to the Hawks’ fi rst season in the league (1985-86). After winning six straight NEC openers from 2000-01 to 2005-06, the Hawks have now dropped seven straight.
• Thursday’s game also marked the fi fth straight year that the Hawks have opened NEC league play on the road (0-5).


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