SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The magic carpet ride continues for the hottest team in the Northeast Conference. A Mount St. Mary’s team that few had going far this season, a season with a coaching change, is now in the NEC Tournament semifinals after a big 75-69 road victory at Bryant on Wednesday night, their eighth straight win. It’s a team that won by doing something they’ve had to do a lot of over the last year – hit the reset button.
There have been a lot of moments where this team has had to his the reset button and pull things together. There was the coaching change, for one, coming at the end of a long season. There were some rough games early on this season. There was the 1-4 start in NEC play. There have been many times where the defense has had to do it as they allow opponents to shoot an unseemly 51 percent from the field on the season. And on Wednesday night, there was the first half, where the Mountaineers shot 28 percent from the field and allowed the Bulldogs to shoot over 48 percent.