Excerpt from Gannon74's comments below: "You simply cannot allow the opposition NINETEEN offensive rebounds and turn the ball over 19 times yourself and expect to win. Simple as that. That's giving them 38 additional opportunities to score without getting a chance yourself. Even the best defensive team can't overcome that." Add to that the Knights' inability to get open looks in their half court game -- GU doesn't have anyone who consistently dribbles by his defender AND the Knights don't set very effective screens -- and you lose to the so-so Scots by 9. The only bright spot last night was the lights at Edinboro. I had to check myself for sunburn after the game.
Not to write off Saturday at #8 IUP (but I advise you to not bet money on the Knights), next week will be make-or-break for GU's playoff chances. They really need to get that #3 spot in the West if they hope to win a playoff game at reeling Clarion. Or else it's back to IUP to play clearly the best team in the PSAC.
Side note: Thanks to Rick "Stats" Klapthor for the heads up that the Hilbert women's basketball team was in town last night and moved to a sensational 0-24 on the season after an 87-23 loss at Behrend. My favorite stat from Hilbert's woeful season is that they recently lost a home to Medialle 86-17 ... on Student Appreciation Night. They might as well have just told the students to transfer elsewhere. Immediately. For more on Hilbert's season, click here.