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Saturday, January 26, 2008

He's So Goode

Sophomore Guard leads Mount to Season Sweep of LIU in Brooklyn.

Mt. St. Mary's managed a split of the NEC road trip with an 80-66 win over Long Island at the Blackbirds court this afternoon.

The Mount was once again led by Jeremy Goode. The sophomore from Charlotte led the Mount with 17 points and also contributed 8 assists. His speed and quickness were too much for the Blackbird backcourt, and he got all of his teammates involved.

The Mount seized control of the game midway through the first half. LIU led 19-16 with 7:45 left in the first half, before the Mounties scored 17 of the half's final 24 points and led 33-26 at the half. Goode had 4 points and an assist that started the run.

The Mount also got another solid performance from Will Holland. The sophomore marksman made 3 three-pointers on his way to a 14 point performance. Chris Vann was also in double figures for the Mount with 11. Sam Atupem and Markus Mitchell were also in double figures as all five Mount starters reached double figures. Atupem had 11, Mitchell had 10. Kelly Beidler led the Mount with 10 rebounds and also chipped in with 6 points.

After Thursday's loss at Wagner, Milan Brown said the Mount needed to get the split on the road. They accomplished that with a very strong effort at Long Island. A performance that Long Island coach Jim Ferry said was all about the Mount and their intensity.

I liked the fact that the Mount scored points and seemed to push the offensive intensity. The Mount scored 80 points in the win, and that allows everyone to get involved. I really thought they were very slow offensively at home last week in both the win against St. Francis and loss against Sacred Heart. But that changed dramatically this week, and they were probably just a poor shooting first half at Wagner from coming away with a pair of road wins.

They play again on Thursday, a game they should win against St. Francis, and then will have a big game against Robert Morris on Saturday at the ARCC. Let's hope the offense and defense continue to work together.



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