Gannon lost the first game of its preseason Canadian tour yesterday, a 78-72 decision at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. The McMaster website doesn't offer many details except Tanner Furno led all scorers with 19 and Oscar Macias (pictured in this game action photo) hit for 13. I'll dig around to see if I can find a box score.
I know we don't like seeing Gannon lose, but don't panic because (1) they lost and (2) lost to a Canadian team. First, they've only had 10 days of practice. And the point of this tour is to work out the kinks and get the Knights some game experience together. We'll see if they get better over the final four games of the tour.
UPDATE 10/13/11 (5:30 PM): As promised, here's some more info on the Gannon/McMaster game:
* Click here for a box score and click here for Gannon SID Dan Teliski's writeup on the game.
* From looking at the box score, it appears John Reilly treated this as a true exhibition to test players, not using a regular rotation. He played 10, with Piotrowicz playing on 16 minutes. I don't think he played that few minutes in any game last season, and I don't think he'll play under 20 minutes in a game this season unless he has a compound fracture.
* It was good to see that Teliski is treating the exhibition like a real game. In midseason form he began his press release saying, "McMaster University used a 41-18 difference in free throws attempted ..." Maybe the refs are still bitter at the U.S. for the Bruins edging Vancouver in the Stanley Cup.
* The only two Knights who didn't player were Darrell Blanton and Brandon Belt. I'm not sure why.
* Regrettably, I'm not in Canada for these game. I'm just checking out just the stats, so I can't offer much more insight than this.
* Gannon continues its five-game Canadian exhibition schedule today against the Hamilton Hoop-La All-Stars. The game tips off in a little over an hour, so if you want to watch the video of the All-Stars practicing, hurry up and click here. They've got some players.