Mount a 73-67 winner in Phelan's 1,000th game

January 11, 1991|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Correspondent

EMMITSBURG -- Not even low-key Jim Phelan could downplay the magnitude of this occasion.

He was honored before the game, after the game and at almost every step he took around Knott Arena last night.

Phelan is a legend in this town, and, after 37 years, 683 victories and 1,000 games, he deserves the admiration.

Phelan became only the 10th coach in National Collegiate

Athletic Association history to reach 1,000 games, guiding Mount St. Mary's to a 73-67 victory over Wagner before 2,875 at Knott Arena.

"I tried to downplay the game," Phelan said, smiling slightly, "but I guess it didn't work. I'm glad it's over. I think maybe my players were uptight in the first half because of all the talk."

Phelan pushed all the right buttons in the second half to win after a sloppy first half in which the Mount was fortunate to be down by only 32-29.

"Dave Kapaona played a big part, relieving Alex Watson at the point and allowing me to move Alex up front," said Phelan. "And Jeff Hall came off the bench to hit some big shots."

0 Wagner (0-2, 2-10) lost its fourth straight.

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