Mount advances to NEC championship

Mount St. Mary's 68 Sacred Heart 63

March 09, 2009|By From Sun staff reports

Mount St. Mary's used a balanced scoring attack to defeat Sacred Heart last night in the semifinals of the Northeast Conference tournament in Emmittsburg.

Kelly Beidler led the Mount (19-12), seeded second, with 13 points and had five rebounds and three steals. Jeremy Goode, who missed much of the second half because of foul trouble, scored all 12 of his points in the first half. Shawn Atupem added 12 points and Will Holland 11.

The Pioneers (17-14) were within 53-52 before the Mount went on a 10-2 run to push its advantage to 63-54 with 4:38 left. Sacred Heart cut the deficit to 65-63 with 1:16 remaining on a three-pointer by Ryan Litke, a layup by Chauncey Hardy and a jump shot by Corey Hassan (15 points).

The Mount, though, went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line late to seal the win.

Mount St. Mary's finished 16-for-22 at the line, while Sacred Heart was 8-for-14.

The Mount shot 46.2 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Pioneers, seeded third, 34-29.

Mount St. Mary's will face top seed Robert Morris in the tournament championship game Wednesday night in Moon Township, Pa.

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