The windows are open, kids are playing ball in the back yard and it's warmer in Moorestown than it is in San Diego. I finished a book on the back patio watching boys be boys while discovering that apparently mosquitoes are not just summer insects. I think it's amazing actually!
Last night Another Delco Guy headed back to his roots and got a chance to catch Widener's first-round win over Virginia Wesleyan in the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball tournament. Widener used a number of different press defenses en route to the 74-66 win. Charles Jones carried the Pride with 28 points, showing us all why he's the MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year.
It's been a while since I was back on Widener's campus. I worked there for 8 years in the 90s and spent a ton of time in the Schwartz Athletic Center. Everything they've done to transform that facility makes it a true top-notch D3 venue. traditionally the locker rooms were pretty gritty, and I didn't make it down to that level, but if they have been upgraded anything like the weight room, I am sure it's pretty plush.
Thanks to AD Jack Shaeffer, Coach Chris Carideo and assistants Bill Leahy and Ian Simon for their help last night. They made me feel very much at home after all these years. It was a lot of fun to do color analysis for the game along side a true pro, Pat Cummings. I'm just sorry that the only reason I was on the air was Gordon Mann's family emergency.
The Pride will take on Salem State tonight at Schwartz at 7 pm. Salem State came off a rough loss last week to shut down Rochester Tech in the second half, loping to an 83-71 win to move to the second round.
Tonight I'll be helping out Dave McHugh on the call as Richard Stockton College hosts Gwynedd Mercy College down in Pomona, NJ. Stockton powered past RPI 79-65 last night as GMC stunned last year's national runner-up Amherst, 68-62, to set up the second round matchup.
Get out and enjoy the great weather. I'll see you at the game!