Milan Brown, a former star player for Howard University, will become the basketball coach at Mount St. Mary's after Jim Phelan ends his 49-year run at the end of this season.

Brown, the team's associate head coach, was introduced as Phelan's successor at a news conference yesterday in Emmitsburg.

"We had a great opportunity of finding an energetic, talented and resourceful young professional right in our own back yard," Athletic Director Harold Menninger said.

Brown, 32, signed a three-year contract that will take effect July 1, 2003.

"This is what I have been working toward," Brown said. "This place is like family, and I am very comfortable with the athletics, academics and the entire Mount community. I look forward to leading these young athletes while building a strong program that will carry on the legacy Jim Phelan has built the past 49 seasons."

Brown, who graduated from Howard in 1993 after leading the Bison to their only NCAA tournament appearance a year earlier, began his college coaching career by joining Old Dominion staff in 1995.

He came to Mount St. Mary's in 1997 and two years later left to work as an assistant at William & Mary. He returned to Mount St. Mary's this season as associate head coach.

DePaul Women Win

Reserve Khara Smith scored a career-high 23 points tonight, and Jenni Dant added 19 as No. 25 DePaul defeated Alabama-Birmingham, 78-62.

DePaul (13-4, 2-0 Conference USA) went on a 17-7 run in the first half led by Smith, who scored 12 points during the span. The Blue Demons held a 36-26 lead at halftime.

UAB is 5-10, 1-1.