The Bisons’ season ended on Saturday in what had to be a frustrating shooting performance for the entire team. Harding made just 3 of 21 three-point attempts and lost to eventual GSC champion Arkansas Tech 73-63.
The Wonder Boys owned the Bisons on the boards in this game, nabbing 20 of 38 offensive rebound chances and 33 of 45 on the defensive end, making this one of the Bisons’ poorest efforts from that perspective for the entire season. Harding made up for that somewhat with a tremendous edge in turnovers, forcing 28 while only committing 15.
Kevin Brown led the team with 23 points, which I suppose was to be expected if the threes weren’t falling. Trent Morgan had 14, and Sam Brown had 11. K-Brown and Morgan combined for 12 of the team’s 19 steals. Brown also had four blocks and eight rebounds. Like last year, he saved his best for the last game of the season.
Steven Barnett had 10 assists in what was the last game for he and Brian Howard. Calvin Rayford, also a senior, played his last game on Wednesday against West Alabama. Next year’s senior class, unless the Bisons recruit any senior transfers, will consist of Trent Morgan and Matt Garner.
The Bisons finished the season 18-12, which is in line with recent years’ results despite this year’s team seemingly not having as much talent as other recent teams. The Bisons have not won fewer than 16 games since the 2000-01 season, but they have only topped 18 wins once in the same time period.
I’ll try to keep up with any recruiting updates that the team posts between now and when the new schedule and roster are updated for the 2009-10 season. This will probably be the last D-II basketball post until then.