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Saturday, March 01, 2008

See you Thursday

The Mount is hosting a first round NEC playoff game on Thursday versus Quinnipiac by virtue of its 81-67 win over Monmouth and the Bobcats 77-68 loss at Wagner.

Jean Cajou led the Mount with 27 points as the freshman continues his late season shooting tear. But it was truly a balanced effort. The Mounties also got solid perfomances from Sam (15) and Shawn Atupem (10) inside, and Chris Vann (9 points, 11 rebounds) knocked down some key three-pointers on senior night for the Mountaineers who survived a hot shooting Monmouth attack.

Meanwhile, Wagner sped to an early 21-4 lead and held off Quinnipiac to allow the Mount to host on Thursday night.

The Mount is playing its best basketball of the season right now and is getting solid contributions from everyone in the rotation. Cajou is shooting so well at the moment. Everything he is shooting is going in. He makes it look so simple right now. I haven't seen a final stat sheet, but I think he missed only once tonight (Actually, it was 9-of-11, and he finished with 27 points). At least that was what I remembered.

Shawn Atupem also continues to make big strides inside. His play continues to get better and he does something each game that you aren't used to seeing at this level. Tonight he had a block that was sensational.

Jeremy Goode ran the offense and finished with 7 points and 4 assists, but didn't need to really do anything sensational tonight. He'll guard Anderson, I'm sure on Thursday and I'm sure the Bobcat coaching staff will have some time to try to draw some things up to take advantage of that size advantage.

If I didn't have so much respect for how well Robert Morris is playing right now, I'd say that the Mount can win this whole thing, and if they can find a way to beat the Colonials that is possible. Still, RMU is clearly the team to beat, and the Mount must take it one game at a time and deal with QU on Thursday.

Tonight was the perfect way to forget about the meltdown at the Carrier Dome this afternoon. We'll see if we can muster the strength to write something about that tomorrow.

But for tonight its good to be a Mount fan, which has guaranteed itself of finishing with no worse than a .500 record.


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