I'm usually an optimist about Gannon basketball, but I've been more of a glass-half-empty guy this year, mainly because of the last few seasons' stumbles. But after Gannon's 85-70 manhandling of Cheyney today -- moving the Knights to 12-2 on the season -- I'm starting to believe this team isn't just beating up on a subpar PSAC East. After all, Cheyney may only be 3-5 in the conference, but two of their wins were in West gyms (at Edinboro and at Clarion) with the third at home vs. West favorite Indiana.
What also has me increasing
my confidence in this Gannon team is their consistency. They outrebound
everybody (30-26 vs. the Wolves) and harass every opponent into a low
shooting percentage (CU was a dreadful 6-for-28 in the first half, 41%
for the game) while getting their own good looks. The Knights shot 63%
today on the road after scorching the nets at the Hammermill last week
vs. Mansfield (58%) and Bloomsburg (59%). The previous weekend Gannon
made 46% of its field goals at Shippensburg and 50% at Millersville. GU
is 4-0 on the road this year and, in case you lost count, has now won 7
Another fan confidence-builder is looking at the PSAC standings in mid-January and seeing Gannon sitting on top of the West. Stroud won at Slippery Rock tonight, 84-72, handing the Rock its second league loss. IUP and Gannon are also 6-2, the Crimson Hawks dominating at Ship tonight, 72-48.
Saturday night should be a dandy. West Chester moved to 6-2 in the league as well with a 68-66 win over Mercyhurst.
The Rams won it when Troy Hockaday ruined Gary Manchel's day with a
layup as time expired. Let's hope that's the only game West Chester
smiles about this weekend.