Pardon me for the late update on Saturday’s game. I got home this afternoon and this is the first access I’ve had to the computer. The game was quite impressive, as was the attendance, which was surprisingly high given that most students were home.
The Bisons beat Missouri-Rolla 102-77 behind a school-record-tying effort of 17 team threes. The baskets were pouring in from the start, with Lonnie Smith (7), Patrick Andrepont (4), Brandon Sims (3) and Cole Kee (3) accounting for all of the three-pointers. This game was not won by shooting, though, as the four key stats will tell you.
The Bisons were, no doubt, the better shooting team, but phenomenal edges in rebounding and turnover ratios were the difference in this game. Jacob Thies, Brandon Sims, and Alassane Savadogo were the main rebounders, but everyone who played chipped in with at least one. Add that edge to five more turnovers forced than committed, and the Bisons would have been a tough match for anyone.
The leaders in game score were the four main shooters: Lonnie Smith (27.9), Sims (15.4), Andrepont (14.4), and Kee (11.3), with rebounders Thies and Savadogo at 6.0 each.
Easily the most disappointing aspect of the game was the injury to Matt Hall, which occurred about midway through the first half. Hall was being double and triple-teamed every time in the post, and he had made just one of six shots before going inside one last time and coming down hard on his leg. In obvious pain, Hall had to be assisted off the court, but he later returned to
the team’s bench.
There is no word yet on Hall’s status for Monday’s game at UAH. Personally, I saw the injury happen right in front of me, and I’d be surprised if he plays anytime soon. I just hope he heals well, regardless of how long he stays out. The team responded well, so I’m still optimistic, whether or not Hall plays.
Next game notes: Monday’s game is at Alabama-Huntsville, and I’m planning to be in attendance (Huntsville is just two hours from my home in Chattanooga). This is the first game in what has become a yearly home-and-home series between the two teams. The Chargers were picked third in the GSC East in the preseason coaches’ poll.