There wasn't a lot good about Mt. St. Mary's win over St. Francis (PA) on Wednesday night at Knott Arena. But for the Mountaineers it was a win, albeit an offensive challenged 56-44 win over the Red Flash.
After a dreary first half, the Mount pulled away in the second half despite never getting much of a perimiter game going. Chris Vann, despite being held without a trey for the second straight game, led a balanced attack with 12 points.
The inside play of Sam Atupem and Markus Mitchell was really the difference in the contest. Both players ended up with nine points, many coming on second half second chance opportunities.
Kelly Beidler came off the bench to tally 8 for the Mount, including its lone three-pointer of the night, while Jeremy Goode chipped in with seven. Goode had two of the Mount's six assists.
Defensively the Mount was solid but not spectacular, and there were times where you wondered if it was the Mount's defense of the inefficiency of St. Francis that really was making the defense. The Red Flash, although very very young (not a senior on the roster), was one of the worst teams to enter the ARCC in recent memory. It's hard to imagine how they beat Robert Morris earlier in the season.
The win moves the Mount to 4-2 in conference play and gives them a chance to get back into the thick of contention as they head into a pivotal three-game stretch. However, their play will have to be much more inspired or they could find themselves below .500 in conference play.
I would anticipate the pace of the Sacred Heart game will be different on Saturday, and the Mount will need more production from Will Holland, Goode and Vann on the perimeter.
I still wish that Brown would just let Goode play and take over this team. He seems to have the talent to be the best point guard in this league, but something is holding him back.