Mount St. Mary’s earned its sixth bid to the NCAA Match on Tuesday evening by beating Bryant within the Northeast Convention Championship recreation, setting off a postgame celebration that included pleasure, anticipation, hugs — and COVID-19 testing.
Earlier than the Mountaineers made the 7 1/2-hour bus journey from Smithfield, Rhode Island, again to Emmitsburg, Maryland, they have been examined once more Wednesday morning.
“Even final evening as we have been celebrating, we have been on the courtroom and I used to be reminding guys, ‘Hey, put your masks on,‘” Mount St. Mary’s director of basketball operations Jeremy Freeman stated throughout that lengthy bus journey again. “You don’t need the celebration of a championship to not allow you to get into Indy.”
The Mountaineers and 67 different groups shall be taking part in in an NCAA Match like no different. As an alternative of the occasion being scattered all through arenas from coast to coast, each recreation shall be performed in Indiana, all however a handful in Indianapolis, and with attendance sharply restricted. An analogous association is in place for the ladies’s event in and round San Antonio in South Texas.
A yr after the event was canceled earlier than it started due to the pandemic, a devastating blow financially and emotionally to everybody concerned in school sports activities, the NCAA is set to maintain the coronavirus from being a bracket buster over three cautious, hopeful weeks.