By Robert H. Kelly
Copyright 2008 TexSport Publications
Tonight Mount St. Mary faced off against Coppin State in the "Play In" game of the 2008 NCAA Mens Division 1 Basketball Tournament. The winner earned the right to face number one seed North Carolina State and the chance to advance to the second round of the tournament.
After 48 minutes of play, Mount St Mary (19-14) held on to defeat Coppin State (16-21) by the score of 69-60. The Mountaineers Jeremy Goode scored 21 points to lead Mount St. Mary to its first NCAA tournament victory.
In its two other NCAA appearances, Mount St. Mary's lost to Kentucky by 46 points in 1995 and to Michigan State by 23 in 1999. Coppin State (16-21) was the first team to qualify for the NCAA tournament with 20 losses
Now with this "Play In" game out of the way....ON WITH THE TOURNAMENT.