Sunday, February 14, 2010

Four to go

Written for your enjoyment by: Raff

That is all that remains in the regular season for the Mt. St. Mary's basketball team. All four games are at home after a 77-67 win at Fairleigh-Dickinson last night extended the Mount's winning streak to six and moved the Mount into a third place tie in the conference with LIU and the Knights. By my count - the Mount would own that tiebreaker courtesy of a 2-1 record over the three teams. FDU and LIU will meet on Thursday for the first time this season.

The Mount finishes the regular season with home games against Central Connecticut, winless Bryant, St. Francis PA and Robert Morris. The Mount has not played either Central or Bryant and was swept by the PA schools in a December trip to PA.

The Mount trailed early last night but got the offense rolling and handled the surprising Knight squad. Kelly Beidler led the way with 22 points and Will Holland again contributed with some big shooting off the bench. Freshman Raven Barber also had a fine inside effort, while Jeremy Goode had 10 points and 9 assists.

The winning streak has come about as the offensive efficiency has increased greatly. The Mount has scored better than a point a possession throughout most of the streak and came through with 77 points (and five players in double figures) last night. Couple that with the always stifling defense and it's easy to see why the wins have been coming their way.

The Mount should be considered favorites in all four of the home games - and four victories now assures the Mount of a 1st round playoff home game. Likely they will accomplish that feat with three wins, but four makes it a definite.

The top two spots in the conference seem out of reach - without some sort of meltdown from Quinnipiac.
Robert Morris has wrapped up a spot in the top two and will play in Moon Township at least during the first two rounds of the playoffs.

The Mount continues to play well and continues to be getting key contributions from folks who weren't available early in the season. Right now they are becoming the team we expected them to become. They are truly a threat during the playoffs, but can't let anything distract them at the moment.

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