Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Jim Phelan

On the eve of the Old Coach's birthday, Mt. St. Mary's advanced to the first round of the NCAA tournament with an opening round 69-60 win over Coppin State.

The Mount won for the first time in the NCAA Division I Tournament, and for the first time this season when trailing at the half. The Mount erased a 34-33 deficit with a quick 6-0 burst out of the gates in the second half and will play #1 North Carolina on March 21st in Raleigh.

Jeremy Goode was the best player on the floor and led the Mount with 21 points and 5 assists. Fellow sophomore Kelly Beidler was a monster on the boards and finished with 15 caroms. The senior Chris Vann had a solid night with 13 points, and freshman Shawn Atupem finished with 10, including a ferocious dunk on the rebound of a missed shot.

It's late, I've got to get to bed. But a great win for all Mountaineers tonight. Now it's on to Raleigh and a chance to dance with Cinderella.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on the Mountaineer win. Watched it after bowling last night. It was a bit sloppy, but, the Mount played great defense. Never let Coppin St. get a really good shot off. I wish the team alot of luck against the Tar Heels.