I'm struggling for the right way to assess Gannon's performance against Cal Wednesday, so I'm forced to quote someone else. He might not be a basketball aficionado, but Pee Wee Herman once said, "Everybody's got a big but."
Yes, Gannon got a much needed PSAC West win BUT, as Golden89 said in his comment below, the Knights looked dreadful for about three quarters of the game. Yes, Gannon outrebounded Cal 37-17, BUT Cal's gameplan and effort were downright pathetic. Yes, GU hit 55% of its shots, BUT they committed a season-high -- and maybe school record -- 31 turnovers. (Insert your own Sontheimer's or Arnone's Bakery turnover joke here.) The optimist in me is thrilled Anthony Simmons had his coming out party, BUT the pessimist in me thinks, "What if he hadn't?" We'd be lamenting now that Gannon is 5-8 after consecutive home losses.
It wasn't all good news/bad news. Larry Swann's 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting was his best game of the year. The biggest highlight for me was the intensity of the Gannon team, especially the coaching staff. Travis Brannen spent 26 minutes on the bench in foul trouble, but you could see he was totally engaged in winning the game, standing up frequently to exhort his teammates. Coaches Reilly and Viscuso were intense from start to finish, barking out orders and encouragement to the team and even calling a time out with a minute left to make sure they finished the game the right way.
Conversely, Cal coach Bill Brown threw in the towel with nearly 4 minutes to go in the game, clearing his bench even though the margin was only 15. Prior to that, Brown said very little to his team during the game and I don't think he stood up for anything other than a timeout. His Vulcans mirrored his attitude, firing up bad shots from all angles and (literally) giving up uncontested baskets in transition.
This year's Gannon team may not be the most talented BUT at least they try.