The defending Northeast Conference Men’s Basketball champions have released their 2018 schedule and it includes tough match-ups against teams from across the country.
Led by the reigning Jim Phelan award recipient, in his 6th season with the Mount, head coach Jamion Christian is looking to bring the team back to the NCAA tournament after finishing with a 20-16 overall record.
Christian has brought the Mount to the NCAA’s twice while being the only coach to have led an NEC team to five straight winning regular seasons. Last season, the Mount led the conference with a 14-4 record and for the first time in school history, hosted and won the NEC championship game.
The team will return two of their starting players, unfortunately losing the other three via transfer. Seniors Greg Alexander, Junior Robinson and Chris Wray will be the newly minted leaders inside the locker room.
Robinson, the 5’5” guard that electrified the world of college basketball during the NCAA tournament with a career high of 23 points during the First Four match-up between New Orleans and the Mount believes that despite the loss of starters, they’ll be ready to go come game time.
“We have a group that just wants to win,” he said during NEC social media day. “We’ll do whatever it takes to win. It doesn’t matter what coach asks us to do, we’re going to do it to win.”
The Men will start their year off with a charity exhibition game against the University of Delaware on Nov. 1. in an effort to raise funds towards Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria.
The annual friendly-exhibition game against Hood college is slated for Nov. 4. The team will then open up their season on the road, facing off against Marquette University, University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University and the University of North Florida.
At 7 p.m. on Nov. 21, the men will tip-off against York College at home in Knott Arena. Before the game, Mount St. Mary’s University’s Athletic Department will unveil the 2017 NEC tournament banner.
The Mount will hit the road again for a matchup with Ohio University, but will then return to Emmitsburg for a pair of games against Morgan State University on Nov. 27 and Loyola University Maryland on Dec. 2.
Afterwards they will travel up north to Pennsylvania to face off against University of Pittsburgh and Lehigh University. For their 11th game of the season, the Mount will head back home to face off against Washington College on Dec. 15. They will then resume their road trip once more for match-ups against American University and Coppin State University.
Their quest to defend their NEC title will begin at Wagner College for their first conference match-up, Dec. 29. Four games later, the Mount will head up to Loretto, Pa. for a rematch of the NEC title game with St. Francis University.
The Mount men were picked to finish fourth by coaches in the NEC coaches poll. St. Francis (Pa.) garnered 9 of the 10 votes to rank atop of the conference with Fairleigh Dickinson University receiving one vote to rank second. Wagner was third.