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
Radio (Shore Sports Network):
WOBM-AM 1160 & 1310
Eddy Occhipinti (play-by-play) and Steve Bazaz (analysis)
Gary Kowal (play-by-play) and Brad Brown (analysis)
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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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