So much for a tune-up game. The Bisons won in unconvincing fashion on Tuesday night against an inferior opponent, beating CBC 78-69 but trailing the game with as few as 13 minutes to play.
Trent Morgan had another solid shooting performance, finishing with a career-high 28 points on just 13 field goal attempts. Morgan’s scoring efficiency has been particularly impressive of late, but I think he’ll still need to prove he can carry that over against GSC opposition on a consistent basis. Kevin Brown filled up the box score with 18 points, 9 boards and 7 assists in 31 minutes while only committing two personal fouls. It’s good to see a game like that from him, regardless of the opponent. Steven Barnett was the team’s only other double-digit scorer, notching exactly 10.
The Bisons won the rebounding battle fairly decisively, but their shooting and ballhandling were collectively rather spotty, especially if you factor out Trent Morgan. They made just 13 of 23 free throws (56.5%), although it was a poor team effort rather than any individual’s fault. Sam Brown and Stephen Blake missed their only attempts. Kirk Porter and Brian Howard were both 1-2. Morgan and K-Brown missed three apiece in multiple attempts.
I tried to watch part of the game on the Penn Atlantic site and paid $5.50 for that privilege. The video quality was somewhat poor (compared to YouTube and other streaming video sites) but ultimately acceptable. My standards are probably pretty low on that, since I was happy just to see any video at all. Streaming worked relatively well, and I only had to buffer a few times on my broadband wireless connection. However, the audio was simply unbearable because of poor mixing (or, more likely, no mixing at all). Crowd noise completely drowned out the announcing team, and I couldn’t bear watching more than a few minutes without audio. I won’t be trying this again anytime soon unless the price comes down or the quality improves. I’m not holding my breath for either, since I’m sure it’s expensive to produce even a bare bones broadcast when you consider that the internet audience may have consisted of only me.
The only thing I really noticed from the video was the rather tame Rhodes crowd. Do the students really sit though the game now, or were my eyes deceiving me? Reported attendance was just 1122, half what it usually was during the team’s peak while I was a student. Is this a post-Hall effect, or just a general decline in program interest? I’m genuinely curious now.
Anyhow, the Bisons will get another tune-up chance against Ecclesia on Saturday.