Another game where the Mount just wasn't good enough. The whole close but no cigar scenario. Although one thing we can be certain about with Mike Rice and Milan Brown gone, the rivalry between the two lives on.
The Mount lost 51-48 for those of you who haven't read a recap. And it was another one of those ugly defensive battles these two teams. I did not think either team played very well. In fact, I kept looking up at the scoreboard thinking the Mount should be down more than they were. The Mount was playing catch up the whole way and just didn't have enough to get over the hump as Karon Abraham made four free throws in the final minute to preserve the three-point win.
During the first half the Mount turned the ball over 13 times and 22 for the game. The Mount shot 33 percent while Robert Morris was held to 34%.
I hate losing to the Colonials - and I'll be honest there wasn't a lot positive about the loss. Lamar Trice scored 19, but its hard to say he really played well in the win.
I did like the fact that Shawn Atupem scored in double figures and got ten shots away plus had five free throws. I still think he needs to get 15-18 offensive opportunities a game. But he's been almost non-existent lately partly because of his foul trouble and partly because he isn't rebounding well enough to stay off the bench.
Danny Thompson had 11 rebounds but hurt the team at the offensive end at times. Thompson continues to get minutes and continues to deserve them, but yesterday was a day where he just didn't provide a lot offensively. Although I am starting to think that shortening up the bench and letting Thompson, Atupem and Barber share all of those minutes is the way to go down the stretch.
Josh Castellanos again made two three-pointers. Seeing the freshman knock down some open jumpers lately has been encouraging, but he still needs to make better decisions when on the move, and develop a pull up jump shot instead of the floater he relies upon that is routinely unsuccessful.
Long Island and St. Francis NY are on the road this week. I'm starting to think the Blackbirds maybe the best team in the NEC. Wagner of course improved to 4-0 in the conference yesterday. Earning a split on the road would be a big boost for this team. But winning on the road is difficult and this won't be an easy trip for the Mounties.
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