Team preview: Mount St. Mary's

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 20, 2004, 3:20 PM ET
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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]."