Mount St. Mary’s earned its sixth bid to the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday night by beating Bryant in the Northeast Conference Championship game, setting off a postgame celebration that included joy, anticipation, hugs -- and COVID-19 testing.

Before the Mountaineers made the 7 1/2-hour bus trip from Smithfield, Rhode Island, back to Emmitsburg, Maryland, they were tested again Wednesday morning.

“Even last night as we were celebrating, we were on the court and I was reminding guys, ‘Hey, put your mask on,’” Mount St. Mary’s director of basketball operations Jeremy Freeman said during that long bus ride back. “You don’t want the celebration of a championship to not let you get into Indy.”

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