I should just stay away from Huntsville in the future. The timing of this year’s Harding @ UAH game prevented me from going this year, and almost as if they knew I was at home, the Bisons pulled out an eight-point road win.
It was a low-scoring game from the start, dictated by UAH’s trademark slow pace and both teams’ inability to pull down offensive rebounds. With the exception of Steven Barnett (3-for-12), the Bisons shot quite well from the floor. Trent Morgan had an incredibly efficient night with 17 points on 7 shots, leading the team in scoring. Kevin Brown and Stephen Blake were the other double-figure scorers for Harding.
This game didn’t have any stat-sheet-filling offensive performances, but I’m sure it was a fun game to watch. The plodding, back-and-forth defensive battles can be just as much fun as the fast-paced offensive games, as evidenced by the developing HU-Henderson State rivalry from a few years back. Seemingly every game was in the 40s and 50s in scoring, but they were tense and exciting games from a fan’s perspective.
Unfortunately, I don’t have much more to add, since I wasn’t in attendance for this one. It’s always good to get off to a 1-0 start in the South Region, since the Harding doesn’t schedule as many in-region games as other schools. The Bisons host Central Baptist next Tuesday night for their next game. They’ll tune up against Ecclesia later in the week before playing three more D-II games at home. I actually like the way this schedule works out, since they’ll work back up to a D-II opponent with a rematch against Missouri S&T. Later that week, they’ll host UAH and UNA on consecutive nights for the next two in-region games.
When you’re done here, make sure you check out David Ivey’s UAH blog for his recap of tonight’s game (it’s not up as I’m posting this, but I’m sure it will be soon). Ivey is a former Charger player and current assistant coach, and it’s really nice to finally see someone else blogging about GSC basketball at all, much less someone with his knowledge of the league. I’ve been following his blog so far this year, and it’s a good read if you want to see what’s going on at one of the other GSC schools.