Mount schedule Knott problem

November 19, 1990|By Paul McMullen

EMMITSBURG -- In 1988, Mount St. Mary's became the last Maryland college to migrate to Division I. In theory, the Mountaineers should have difficulty getting home basketball games, but this year coach Jim Phelan has five non-conference games at the Knott Arena before heading into Northeast Conference play.

The Dec. 15 game against James Madison is courtesy of Jim Kehoe's brief stay as the Mount athletic director. Kehoe, remember, was the athletic director who brought Lefty Driesell to Maryland. Driesell now coaches James Madison.

It didn't hurt that Colgate (Dec. 29) has a freshman guard named Kort Wickenheiser, whose father happens to be the president of Mount St. Mary's.

On Jan. 10 Phelan will become only the 10th person in the history of college basketball to coach 1,000 games, but he downplays his 36 years at the Mount as a scheduling factor.

"People aren't interested in doing us any favors," Phelan said. "We still have a college atmosphere to sell. From Harrisburg, Pa., down Route 15 and then on to D.C., we're the only game in town."

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