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George Beamon is the best player Manhattan will trot out to the court on Thursday night, and the Cardinals must do a good job at containing his contributions.
Beamon will be able to drain a few buckets, but the Cardinals must not let the senior, who averages 19.2 points per game, get on a run that inspires the Jaspers.
If Beamon does catch fire, the momentum will lean in the direction of Manhattan, and so will whatever neutrals are left in the crowd from the first game of the night session.
Shutting down Beamon is something that can be done, but it has been done rarely this season.
In the Jaspers' first game against Iona in the regular season, Beamon scored just nine points in a pesky road environment.
If Louisville can have the same effect on a neutral court that Iona did at home, we may not hear from Beamon for most of the night.
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