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.