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Mount St. Mary’s men’s hoops grabs Northeast Conference tourney spot

Mount St. Mary’s was set to wrap up its men’s basketball regular season with a pair of road games against Bryant on Tuesday and Wednesday, but those contests have been cancelled. As a result, the Mount has clinched a spot in the upcoming Northeast Conference tournament.

The cancellation follows positive COVID-19 results within Bryant’s Tier 1 personnel and subsequent contact tracing. Combined with other injuries, Bryant (14-5, 10-4 NEC) will be unable to meet the NEC’s minimum roster requirements in order to safely compete. Bryant’s status for the postseason has yet to be determined.

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The Mountaineers (10-10, 9-7) has now clinched a spot in the NEC tourney. The top four teams during the regular season earn a spot in the tournament. Wagner (11-6, 11-5), Sacred Heart (9-8, 9-7), and the Mount are in the postseason field.

With one more NEC series left to play (Merrimack at Wagner), the seedings and matchups for the semifinals are still undetermined.

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The semifinals will be March 6 with one game at 12 p.m. and the other at 2. The final is set for March 9 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

MSM’s Bresee vying for NEC Player of the Year

Senior guard Kendall Bresee is making a bid to become the ninth women’s basketball player in Mount St. Mary’s history to become Northeast Conference Player of the Year, and the first in 20 years.

Bresee, an Urbana High School graduate, was third in the NEC in scoring at 15.3 points per game and second in rebounds at 8.8 per game (first in defensive boards per game at 6.8) going into Monday’s game with Saint Francis. She led the conference in steals per game (2.28) and was third in assists (4.2). Bresee had 29 points, a career high, along with seven assists and six rebounds in the Mount’s 71-55 win over Saint Francis on Sunday.

She transferred to the Mount in 2018 after starting her college career at George Washington. After sitting out the 2019-19 season in line with the NCAA’s transfer rules, Bresee earned an All-NEC third team selection after averaging 11.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

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“Player of the year. I mean, it’s not even close,” Mountaineers coach Maria Marchesano said. “She’s the best player in our conference. Every single game she’s stuffing the stat sheet for us.”

The last MSM player to win NEC Player of the Year was Kia Williams in 2001.

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