Brown and McDonough Along With The FDU Devils Enters Tonight’s Game With A Huge Chip On Their Shoulders!

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This year, the only way Montclair and FDU-Florham would be able to settle the Garden State debate of the best team is in the national title game, which is possible.

“We look at it as another game,” FDU-Florham junior double-double machine Schalette Brown said. “We don’t think about playing on the road. I mean, we would like to be home, but at the end of the day, whether we’re home or away, it doesn’t really matter.”

The venue may not matter for Brown. Senior Kyra Dayon may not mind taking a bus trip to Tufts, a place she’s never been before. The rest of the talented Devils probably will enjoy the bonding time that the trip will afford because they can relax, be silly, share jokes, Snapchat and watch movies.

However, Mitchell isn’t thrilled that the Devils have been dismissed, disrespected and now, by the NCAA committee, displaced.

“To me it matters,” Mitchell said. “My team, they are really humble and our coaches try to be humble, but at some point, we feel that there is a disrespect there towards our program. We’ve had this feeling all season long. Even though we were No. 1 for most of the season, we always felt that people were waiting for us to fall. We were never a unanimous No. 1 on anybody’s poll.

“Quietly, we felt like ‘here we go again.’ It’s a one-point loss on the road to a very good team and two of my starters didn’t play in the first half. Now we’re on the road. It’s a principle thing. My team has been playing with that chip on their shoulder all season long.”

“Quietly, we felt like ‘here we go again.’ It’s a one-point loss on the road to a very good team and two of my starters didn’t play in the first half. Now we’re on the road. It’s a principle thing. My team has been playing with that chip on their shoulder all season long.”

– FDU-Florham coach Marc Mitchell, on his team getting sent to Tufts for the sectional round

The Devils play a style of basketball that’s angrier than Mitchell.

Since losing to Eastern, FDU-Florham has been locked in. They have won games by 41, 29, 22, 37, 30, 10, 44 and 16 points. The Devils are the only ones that can control whether or not they are the last team standing in two weeks. They are getting contributions from everybody, which makes the Devils a tough team to defend.

Brown led the Devils with 24 points and 15 rebounds in their opening round win over Johnson & Wales. In their second round triumph over the University of New England, sophomore guard Alyssa McDonough flirted with a triple-double (28 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists) as the Devils stormed back from an early 10-point deficit.

Brown and McDonough are the Devils top two scorers at 13.4 and 12.7 points, respectively. Seniors Leigh Ann-Lively and Kara Dayon have combined to make 122 3-pointers. FDU-Florham averages 9.0 3-pointers a game, which is third nationally, and 84.4 points per contest, which is fourth.

Bringing it all together is Kyra, who is special. She does whatever it is that’s needed for the Devils. The All-Freedom Conference first-team selection Kyra Dayon has continued her ascent to the top of several FDU-Florham career marks this season and is currently second all-time in points (1,758), first in steals (327) and fourth in assists (317). In addition, she needs just two rebounds to be the school’s all-time leading rebounder (851) and six field goals (682) to claim the program’s top spot.

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