You always dream that it will be different.
You hold out hope that your team will be the team that becomes the first #16 seed to ever win a first round NCAA game. But it wasn't to be for the Mount. They ran into a team in North Carolina that was just flat out better and played pretty close to the top of their game on Friday night in Raleigh. The end result wasn't pretty.
But the Mount to its credit played hard and battled to the end. The top-ranked Tar Heels were just bigger, quicker, stronger, and better. There was no shame in this defeat. Sure there were mistakes that were made, rebounds that should have been made, passes that shouldn't, jump shots that shouldn't have been taken, and layups that could have gone in. But if you're the Mount or a fan as I am, you can hold your head high tonight.
The senior Chris Vann led the Mountaineers with 16 points, while Jeremy Goode had 15 and 5 assists. Jean Cajou and Kelly Beidler were also in double digits with 13 and 10 respectively.
The last six weeks were some of the greatest in the history of Mount basketball and despite some of the disappointment that is being felt tonight, that should be the focus. The future of Mount Saint Mary's basketball is bright. For tonight they got to take a swing at the big boy. It was a glorious run getting and an admirable effort tonight.