Jim Pollard

For Phelan, The Dance is real ball

EMMITSBURG -- In its 187-year history, Mount St. Mary's has never created excitement like this.

The Mount is the oldest independent Catholic college in the United States. It has produced countless successful alumni. In basketball, it won the NCAA Division II championship in 1962.

But not until Sunday, when Mount St. Mary's defeated Rider, 69-62, to win the Northeast Conference championship and a spot in the NCAA Division I tournament -- and did it before a national television audience on ESPN -- did the Mount create a sensation from coast to coast.

You don't believe it? You should have been in coach Jim Phelan's office yesterday.

TV crews were rolling in and...