Monday, November 17, 2008

Toledo Recap

We won 81-65 and dominated the frontcourt (43-20 on the boards) like we should have. However coach Miller was fired up about the defense. We surrendered a Cintas opponent record 37 points tonight. Essentially Tyrone Kent looked like Clark Kent in the second half. BJ Raymond as a defensive stopper did not work out to well this evening. Further Sean indicated we may not see a win in Puerto Rico with this type of defense being played. Not a very happy way to end his 40th birthday.

However as fans we can take away several positives from this game. First Dante' Jackson had a career best game. 14 points, 4 assists, 1 turnover in 34 minutes on very strong 3 point shooting is a plus. Terrell Holloway also contributed 9 points (7-8 FT) and showed an ability to blow by and get to the cup. He also commited just one turnover. Two turnovers in 40 minutes of play is strong out of the point guard spot. BJ Raymond stepped up nicely from the offensive end with some strong 3 point shooting. Derrick Brown played longer and better this game than the first ending with 14 also. Jamel McLean is becoming my new favorite player and he also dumped in 9 with some dunks thrown in.

Freshmen Ken Frease did not perform as well as he or coach would have liked. He had some defensive lapses and shot poorly tonight (1-5). He did board well and dish off three assists on some very nice passes. Still he impacted the game and was doubled or tripled every time the ball went down to him. Each game will be a learning process for our youngsters. I feel Sean layed into to them tonight and will continue to do so until the Thursday tip over the defensive effort and intensity late in the game. He knows we are playing top level comp down in Puerto Rico and must bring consistent effort to win our share down there. We play on Thursday at 1 PM on ESPNU against a Missouri Tiger team that is returning four starters.

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