A few thoughts after the Mount's 70-52 win over Monmouth on Saturday night at Knott Arena.....
....Thursday's game on the road at Quinnipiac is huge. The team has done so much to get back in the race, that they must carry that over into victory against a solid QU team.
....They better work on the effort from the foul line. 13-26 or 14-28 whatever it ended up, isn't going to cut it in close games. Tonight's game was never as close as the score and it could have easily been a 30-point win.
....Shawn Atupem might very well be the best offensive post player of the Division I at Mt. St. Mary's. He has room to improve no doubt about it. But he's got a quick first move, touch around the hoop and a soft jumper from decent range. He's only going to get better.
....Kelly Beidler continues to do a lot and I'm not sure anyone really notices. The junior had 10 points, 9 rebounds and a bunch of assists. (Check the final numbers for accuracy - I guarantee nothing). He is super strong on the glass and he plays both inside and out. He is a huge commodity for this team and he's somewhat unsung.
....It was great to see Danny Thompson make his collegiate debut. The redshirt freshman, who was very highly touted when he arrived on campus, but has been snakebitten with injuries finally logged a few minutes. He ran up and down the court a few times and should have been credited with a rebound. Great to see him out there.
....The Mount played well in stretches, but seemed to lack that finishing power tonight. Against good competition the Mount needs to be solid all forty minutes. But it's hard to argue with tonight's result. I said 74-59 going in, so it wasn't like I was expecting more.
Still this team is playing well, getting to the point many of us expected. Let's see what next week brings.