I've made the drive on Route 15 in Northern Maryland many times, mostly when driving to different points in Pennsylvania. On each trip, I've driven past Mount St. Mary's University. I've always been in awe of the campus when I've driven past, and knew that the Mountaineers had been successful in the past, so I decided to make a trip to Emmitsburg, Md see a game at Knott Arena. The Mount has had success recently, going to the NCAA Tournament first in 1995, then again in 1999, and 2008, where they won the P.I.G. However, the Mountaineers have struggled this year entering the game with a record of 8-12, with a 3-6 Northeast Conference record.
Game #9-405: Sacred Heart Pioneers at Mount Saint Mary`s MountaineersFebruary 2, 2013 4:00 pm
The game was significant for two reasons. First, it was Winter Homecoming, and many Mount alumni were inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame. Included in the inductees was Riley Inge, who was a member of the 1995 Mountaineer team that made the school's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Second, was the debut of the new mascot, Emmit, whose name I'm guessing is a play on the town. It's always hard for me with mascots. There are some that are great, but then there are others where it's hard to tell. I thought Emmit was good, as did the students, who all wanted to get their picture taken with him. The guys in front of me were trying to find out who was in the costume, but no one was willing to tell them.
As it got closer to tip time, a group of students that were unable to get into the student section ended up sitting in my section. It made for a great atmosphere, and was fun to be back in an unofficial student section, at least for one game. There were plenty of chants and heckling of some of the Sacred Heart players.
Rashad Whack started the scoring by hitting back to back #superhoops. He didn't stop there, scoring 19 points in the first seven minutes of the game. His efforts propelled the Mountaineers to a 23-9 lead. They didn't stop there, taking a 50-27 lead into the half. However, Shane Gibson, who scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, led Sacred Heart back and the Pioneers got to within seven late in the game. However, they dug themselves in too big of a hole, and ran out of time. The final was 91-82 Mountaineers. I'm glad I made the drive up to Emmitsburg and stopped to watch a game, and I hope to go back again soon.
at MOUNT SAINT MARY`S 91, SACRED HEART 82
SACRED HEART 8-13 (6-4) -- M. Qualls 3-6 1-2 7; P. Gaetano 2-6 0-0 5; S. Gibson 6-15 5-6 18; L. Montes 8-13 5-5 21; S. Glowiak 4-10 0-0 11; D. Tate 7-9 0-0 14; N. Greenbacker 4-6 1-5 9; T. Falzon 2-5 0-0 4; M. Abdel Latif 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-64 11-16 82.
MOUNT SAINT MARY`S 9-12 (4-6) -- J. Norfleet 4-12 0-0 10; R. Whack 10-16 8-9 35; S. Wiggins 4-8 4-7 13; S. Prescott 1-6 4-5 7; K. Parker 1-6 0-0 3; K. Krajina 2-3 1-2 5; R. Barber 3-4 1-2 7; X. Owens 1-1 1-2 4; T. Danaher 1-2 3-6 5; G. Graves 0-0 0-0 0; J. Castellanos 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 28-59 22-33 91.
Three-point goals: SH 5-15 (S. Gibson 1-5; N. Greenbacker 0-1; S. Glowiak 3-6; P. Gaetano 1-3), MSM 13-26 (R. Whack 7-10; S. Prescott 1-4; J. Norfleet 2-8; X. Owens 1-1; K. Parker 1-2; S. Wiggins 1-1); Rebounds: SH 31 (D. Tate 8), MSM 33 (K. Krajina 6); Assists: SH 18 (S. Gibson 6), MSM 16 (S. Wiggins 6); Total Fouls -- SH 24, MSM 15; Fouled Out: SH-L. Montes; MSM-None.