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GAME NOTES: MONMOUTH vs. MOUNT ST. MARY'S (FEB. 28, 7:00 P.M.)

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Release: February 27, 2013
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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

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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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