Team preview: Mount St. Mary's
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
Milan Brown just stood outside the locker room and listened.
The Mount St. Mary's coach didn't need to say a word to his team -- the players were talking care of that amongst themselves after a heartbreaking one-point loss to St. Francis (Pa.) in mid-February.
"It really hit home with the guys," Brown said. "That game made us stronger.
"Guys cried after that game and that's when I knew that this program meant as much to them as it did to me."
Basically, the young Mountaineers decided they were sick of losing and were ready to make a stand. With three games left in the regular season, the Mount needed to win out and hope Sacred Heart lost all of its games. With a little assistance from the Pioneers, the Mountaineers did just that --advancing to the conference tournament for the first time since 2000.
"We turned a corner last year and came together as a team," said Brown, whose club lost to Monmouth in the NEC quarterfinals. "I'm really anxious to see how much the guys worked in the offseason [to build off of that success]."