Mount St. Mary's Wins NCAA Play-In Game

Mountaineers will face UNC after topping Coppin State 69-60
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Mar 18, 2008 10:12 PM CDT
Coppin State head coach Ron Mitchell instructs his team during the first half of the opening round against Mount St. Mary's.    (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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(Newser) – Mount St. Mary's won its first NCAA tournament game in school history, topping Coppin State 69-60 in the play-in game. Diminutive sophomore Jeremy Goode led the scrappy Mountaineers with 21 points, including four critical free throws in the final minute. Coppin State led the entire first half, then began misfiring late, including a five-minute scoreless stretch.

The Eagles, whose record was 4-19 in February before they rallied to 16-20 (and the Mid-Eastern Athletic tourney title), were the first 20-loss team to play in the tournament. Mount St. Mary is now 1-2 in tournament play; their next stop is Raleigh, where they hope to unseat top seed and local superpower UNC.