... it finishes right." If I had a dollar for every time I heard Bob Dukiet say that sentence, I'd have enough money to buy popcorn for everyone at the IUP game on Wednesday. Coach Dukiet's aphorism proved true during Gannon's 80-49 lambasting of winless Lock Haven Saturday. The Knights raced out to a 14-2 advantage at the outset and, much to the surprise of many GU fans, didn't hand over that lead.
I'm encouraged the GU defense continues to improve. I know LHU is hapless, but to hold any team without a field goal for 11 minutes and 25 seconds is impressive. Earlier this season when the defense was porous, I'd count to see if the Knights could get five stops in a row. I rarely got to three or four. Gannon just couldn't sustain a consistent defensive effort. Now they can.
PSAC Freshman of the Year Adam Blazek (yes, I've already given him the award) continues to excel, producing a stat line of 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Darrell Blanton (10 points, 9 rebounds) didn't have his biggest game of the year, but he was still productive.
I'm waiting for a third scorer to emerge on this team. Brandon Belt had 16 and Oscar Macias totalled 11 vs. Lock Haven; I'd like to see that more often. Let me state that a little stronger: the Knights will remain a .500-ish team until they establish a reliable third scorer to replace the injured Stephen Battle. I don't know if it's a matter of running some set plays for Belt and Macias or just waiting for these first-year Division II players to get comfortable, but they've got to get it done. Wednesday evening vs. IUP would be the perfect time for Belt and/or Macias to put together a second consecutive double-digit night.