Thursday, November 18, 2010

Getting Ugly Early

The season is very young, but the PSAC has already suffered some ugly losses. Shippensburg was thumped 84-71 at Goldey-Beacom, not exactly a Division II powerhouse. West Chester lost a snoozer (45-42) at University of the Sciences, who was 7-20 a year ago. And you know how the DII schools usually kick the crud out of the tiny Penn State branch campuses (like Penn State-Greater Allegheny)? Well, Penn State Wilkes-Barre turned the tables on Bloomsburg by a 73-70 count.

But guess who laid the biggest egg of the early season? Our good friends at Lock Haven University. Click here to read the game story and click here for the box score. When I first saw the score on the PSAC website, I thought it had to be a typo. But, no, coach John Wilson has taken the Bald Eagles to new depths, losing by 106 points in their second game of the season. Some of the highlights from the stat sheet:
* Turnovers: LHU 34, WL 8
* Steals: WL 25, LH 5
* Assists: WL 40, LHU 7
* Players in double figures: WL 9, LHU 1
* WL had 21 three-point field goals, Lock Haven had 18 total field goals
* FG%: WL 68%, LHU 29%
* WL started the game on a 38-3 run
* WL scored its 100th point with 14:17 left in the game
* LH scored 48 points for the game. WL had 48 points 10 minutes in.

Remember how last year Gannon started its season with a 30-point loss to Urbana? That game was awful. Now add 76 points to UU's total and try to imagine how that tastes.


  1. No offense, but I'm not surprised by this... it'd be like the Bills losing to the Browns by 7 or 8 TD's. We know they are bad and, even though the score is outrageous, we all believed it would happen at some point.

  2. Here's some more "inside information" on the Lock Haven situation. I received this email Friday:

    "Not sure if you know, but the head coach was fired within the last year, but he is coaching this season. So, it’s basically a lame duck coaching situation. He did zero recruiting and brought nobody in. I believe the only people they had join the team was maybe three walk-ons and I believe they entered the season with only seven players on the roster. I also believe that coach is the one suing Lock Haven and the A.D. for gender discrimination, saying the school and A.D. only care about women’s sports. There was a story about it in the USA Today a couple months ago. It’s going to be a very difficult year for our Bald Eagles."

    Here's the path to the USA Today article:

    This story talks about how Lock Haven lost key kids and got some new players ... from intramurals:

    And here's an article that mentions Wilson's contract not being renewed.

  3. I've followed this mess somewhat on the d2 boards. Its just not a good situation.
    On a happier note. The GU ladies won their opener over old GLIAC foe Northwood by 9 pts.

  4. Jim -- Do you think that they'll let you suit up for GU so that you can score the 100th point against Lock Haven this year?

  5. Congrats to the Lady Knights on their 80-68 opening victory over Northwood.

    High Note - 5 players hit double figures with leading scorer having 14

    Low Note - The turnover plague may not just be an "against D1 teams" thing... 19 turnovers

    Question Mark - Redshirt Freshman Danielle Tucker starting over D1 sophomore transfer Jessie Tamerlano (making her earn her way possibly?)

  6. How about IUP losing at Bowie State Saturday? The Crimson Hawks (is that a cousin to the BayHawks?) had to rally to make it close:

    Golden: I think I'm still eligible. I played so little at Gannon I believe I can redshirt my entire career.

  7. So is Shanna Thompson actually just not in "season shape" yet or is she hurt? (or being punished for something?) Anyone know? Because She's now played a combined something like 27 minutes in first 2 games...

    I obviously don't know any sort of situation with her or team, nor am I the coach, but I would think the ideal lineup would be

    G Dacek (although her TOs are in horrible timing)
    G Kleber
    F Papich
    F Tamerlano
    F Thompson

    Just wondering if anyone knows something else...

  8. I heard a rumor that Furno has not been practicing due to an injury - anyone verfy this?

  9. I have no proof, but I have heard the same thing from various people... however, I've heard it was knee, it was ankle, etc. so who knows. Let's hope not!

  10. CC3,
    Exactly the same line-up I thought witheither
    Lowe or Tucker sixth.

  11. Unverified intell says he practiced yesterday and it is some kind of shoulder injury. When he's not in, our biggest "big" man is listed at 6-6.

  12. Tanner took a blow to his right shoulder in the Maroon and Gold scrimmage, and did't return to action. While I'm glad that he bulked up this off-season, its not a good sign that he's getting that banged up before the regular season even starts.

  13. IMO, GU's practices are more intense and physical than ANY game. Over the years under Reilly, I've heard of many injuries (including players getting concussions and needing stitches)before the season kicks off. Throw in the extended amount of time this year that they've practiced against each other without having a game (40 days from October 15 to today and just 3 scrimmages to blow off steam). I'm not surprised he's injured at all. In fact, I'm surprised more kids aren't hurt as well.

    If you saw the play, Tanner banged into Rumph (I think it was-he's a pretty solid looking kid) while Tanner was reaching while extended a little at an awkward angle. I wouldn't read that much into it, if you're trying to say he's brittle. It was a pretty good shot, a lot more than a little bump.

  14. Condolences go out to the family of Bud Elwell on his passing today. Bud was not only an integral part of the Gannon community but the entire Erie sports community for so many years. He will be sadly missed.

  15. RIP Bud Elwell

    Condolences to his family.

  16. I'm guessing this is a mis-print:

    "Former Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Northern Michigan and NAIA member Daemen (N.Y.) open semifinal play Friday evening at 6 p.m. Gannon and West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) member Seton Hill follow at 8 p.m. The consolation and championships contests are also scheduled for 6 and 8 p.m." Playing Cedarville, not Seton Hill, right?

  17. Schedule shows Cedarville opening round of Gary Miller Classic and Seton Hill opening round of Porreco Cup.

  18. So in the Gary Miller Classic "Pre-Game Notes" online
    -- --
    it lists projected starters as
    G #3 Steve Piotrowicz
    G #5 Kareem Brown
    G #12 Kelvin Agee
    F #21 Tanner Furno
    F #42 Travis Brannen

    This seems correct as these are the ones who started and played most of the scrimmage I saw... the part that is confusing to me is what follows
    G #20 Danard Crouch
    G #25 Malcolm Woodbury

    Now, I understand that with all the new players they probably won't list any of them until they see who's going to work out, however, Woodbury wasn't listed last year as "off the bench" at all (even early on), so does this mean we may see Malcolm playing rather than with the cheerleaders?

  19. I beleive 'Woody" was injured pretty much all of last yr.

  20. Corey: Early in the season, Dan Teliski lists the starting 5 and then 2 or 3 returnees now matter how little they played. That's probably the safe thing to do. I don't think it hints at any more PT for Woodbury.

    GUBBFWLR: That was a typo. Gannon plays Cedarville.

  21. That's what I originally thought but then when I realized Malcolm was never listed last year, it had me pondering. Thank you for the clarity.

    Less than 48 hours til tip, can't wait!!

    Have a wonderful and safe holiday to all Gannon Hoopsters and Bloggers!!