Some quick thoughts after Gannon stole a huge 69-52 win at Millersville Tuesday night (quick because the Knights turn around and play at Shippensburg Wednesday):
Remember how in the Dragnet movie Tom Hanks would exclaim, "Thank God
it's Friday!" I'm sure John Reilly was saying at halftime yesterday,
"Thank God we have Oscar!" Macias was perfect in the first half --
5-for-5 from the field including a trio of threes plus a pair of free
throws -- and the Knights needed every one of his 15 points because they
trailed the Marauders by one at the half, 27-26. If Macias hadn't been
hot, the Knights would have been in a huge hole.
Optimist's reaction to the win: Wow! We ended Millersville's seven-game
win streak, and did it in their own building. This is a win you can
really build on! Pessimist: Millersville wasn't that good, and even
though the Knights are winning games, they're going on break and we'll
lose all this momentum. And did you see the PSAC standings? We're still
tied for last place in the West because everybody and their grandmother
is 2-2, including Lock Haven. You tell me our program and all its
resources is on the same level as Lock Haven? And while I'm asking
questions, why do so many people have all those stupid lights on their
houses this time of year?
* Many Gannon fans,
myself included, have seen Jabs Newby's incredible athleticism on tape
and were wondering when he was going to maximize his athletic abilities
on offense. Maybe we don't have to wonder anymore. Newby erupted in the
second half for 14 points in 18 second half minutes at the 'Ville after a
scoreless first period. Newby attempted 10 field goals (making 5), by
far a season high.
* In case you haven't seen the Gannon/Millersville box score,
former Knight Brandon Belt led Millersville in scoring with 11 points.
He was 4-of-8 from the field with a pair of three pointers in 28
minutes. The Marauders other starting guards, Larry Grant and Anthony Coleman, were harassed in to a combined 4-for-23 shooting performance.
I felt confident at halftime even though Gannon trailed 27-26. Darrell
Blanton was just 1-for-8 from the field and I figured that couldn't
repeat itself over the final 20 minutes. Blanton finished 4-of-14 from
the field for 13 points. (Note: I tried coming up with a Jammermill-like nickname for Millersville's Pucillo Gymnasium but couldn't.)
* Speaking of 13, Robert Wilson
grabbed that many rebounds Tuesday night. Plus he was 3-of-4 from the
field, a perfect 3-for-3 at the foul line, and handed out a team-high
four assists. Gannon's 40-30 advantage in rebounds was key to Gannon's
win; Millersville had been dominating their opponents on the boards
heading into the game.