Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Millers-villians

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.

8 comments:

  1. Lady Knights win, 78-76 in OT.

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  2. Some surprising PSAC men's scores tonight:
    Biggest shock: Lock Haven win at East Stroudsburg, 68-58
    Second biggest: Mansfield gets its first PSAC win at Cal, 78-75
    Rock shock: Slippery Rock falls from the ranks of PSAC unbeatens at home, losing to West Chester 56-53
    Mercyhurst and Clarion win on the road while IUP and Edinboro win at home

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    1. Jim, psac site was wrong, boro lost in ot

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    2. Thanks. Cheyney must be better than everyone thought they'd be. The Wolves were picked to be last in the East but have already beaten IUP and won at Edinboro.

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    3. How in the world did Lock Haven beat ESU? by 10? ON THE ROAD????

      The only thing that would outshine Gannon losing to Lock Haven would be a Gannon national championship (and even that may not be enough...)

      WOW!

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  3. Great win for both teams tonight! Team win with several players in double figures for the men. Oscar just had another outstanding evening. R. Wilson outrebounding #1 rebounder in the country with 13, he may not be scoring as he used to but he gets us going in transition. Couple key losses in the PSAC! Go Knights.

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  4. Another solid win from GU again today. Very good defense and enough offense to get the job done.

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  5. Nice win over what looked to be a quality Millersville squad. The Knights gave up the same amount of points as the ESU game earlier this month, but they are clicking more offensively leading to a fairly easy win.

    If this team can score 65 points every game, they're going to be hard to beat! Another one tomorrow, then a break.

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