Game 30 • Monmouth (10-19, 5-11 NEC) vs. Mount St. Mary's (14-13, 9-7 NEC)
Thursday, February 28, 2013 • 7:00 p.m.
West Long Branch, N.J. • the MAC
Radio (Shore Sports Network):
WOBM-AM 1160 & 1310
Eddy Occhipinti (play-by-play), Matt Harmon and Steve Bazaz
Gary Kowal (play-by-play) and Robert Pina (analysis)
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Monmouth-Mount St. Mary's Series History
• Mount St. Mary's leads the all-time series with the Hawks 31-23, which dates back to the 1973-74 campaign.
• In Northeast Conference play, Mount St. Mary's holds a 25-18 edge in the series.
• Monmouth, which swept last year’s series, lost to the Mountaineers 71-59 on January 5 in Knott Arena.
Monmouth vs. the Northeast Conference
• Monmouth is 261-231 all-time against the Northeast Conference.
• Under King Rice
, Monmouth is 15-19 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 Thursday night, when the Hawks host Mount St. Mary's in a league contest in the MAC.
• Rice, whose team faced its fifth nationally-ranked team since he took over the Monmouth program when the Hawks faced Syracuse, is now 22-39 overall with the Hawks, and is 15-19 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 then 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 11 of its 29 games and is averaging 18.2 forced turnovers a contest, which has turned into 505 points for the Hawks. The Blue and White have forced at least 15 miscues by its opposition in 22 of its 29 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). Wagner has joined the club this year.
• 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 it’s loss at Wagner, Monmouth is now 16-12 all-time in Northeast Conference openers, dating back to the Hawks’ first 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.
• The Wagner game also marked the fifth straight year that the Hawks have opened NEC league play on the road (0-5).
• Monmouth's victory over Saint Francis marked the fourth straight year the Hawks have won their NEC home opener.
• Senior Jesse Steele
, who tied a career-high with five three-pointers in the win at Fairleigh Dickinson, moved into the top-10 in school history in three-point makes and now has 152 in a Monmouth uniform, nine shy of 8th place all-time (Whitney Coleman; 161). He also ranks 10th all-time with 282 assists, 10 dishes away from 9th position (Mustafa Barksdale; 292).
• Senior Ed Waite
became Monmouth's 19th Division I player to reach 1,000 career points behind his 23-point night against St. Francis Brooklyn. Waite, who now has 1,020 points, became the program's 32nd overall player to reach the milestone.
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