Robert Morris defeated Mt. St. Mary's 48-46 on Dallas Green's jumper off a loose ball with 2.5 seconds to win the NEC championship and earn the automatic bid. Credit to the Colonials, there isn't much that seperates these two teams, yet in three games this year, they managed to make enough plays to win them all.
I don't really have much to say. I'm still a bit numb.
Some quick thoughts and observations.....
....it seemed extremely fitting that the Colonials won on a garbage loose ball bucket. They won every (or so it seemed) loose ball all night long - and in Corapolis two weeks ago. For that matter that is why I had every confidence in the world that the Mount would win tonight. Because two weeks ago it seemed like every loose ball went there way. It seemed that way again tonight. Maybe there was something to that.
....it sure seemed like we led the whole way.
....The Mount had every chance to win this game tonight. They just didn't make enough open shots. Robert Morris' defense was a factor and forced them into some tough shots. But I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about the open looks that didn't go down. At 40-35 in the second half, it seemed like we had two or three possessions with a chance to extend it and it didn't happen.
....I hope the Colonials go on and represent the conference well in the NCAA tournament. I think they have a chance to be a 14 seed, no worse than a 15.
....Let's hope one of the other three tournaments calls our number on Sunday. I don't want this numbness to last until October. Truly, I think the collegeinsider.com Tournament is the most likely. I'll try to find out what I can on that in the next few days.