Compare that stat line with Torrence’s production in his three previous games combined: 2 points in 17 minutes. How much time do you think Edinboro coach Greg Walcavich talked to his team about Torrence in his pregame scouting report? I’m guessing basically zilch, which was completely reasonable. Then the kid goes out and dominates your team from multiple angles, showcasing abilities Gannon season ticket holders hadn’t seen until Wednesday.
When Torrence began his scoring blitz in the first half, I joked with my brother that the junior has one move. Catch the ball on the block, try to back down the defender (and hopefully not travel), fake to the right, spin back to your left (and hopefully not travel), explode to the basket, and bank in a short shot. Turns out the joke was on me because Torrence showed in the second half he could score in transition, above the rim, on the offensive glass, with a reverse layup in traffic, and from the foul line.
I don’t want to overstate the significance of this victory over a depleted Edinboro team, but as a Gannon fan you had to walk out of McComb Fieldhouse thinking the Knights are significantly stronger than what we’ve seen to date. Not only is Torrence now a legitimate threat off the bench but Adam Blazek, despite playing basically with one-and-a-half hands, looked stellar despite missing nine games.
Let’s not get too high on this win. As we’ve seen in the PSAC, your next game is the only thing that matters.
* I’ve whined repeatedly on this website about TMT (Too Many Turnovers), so it seems only right that I heap praise on the Knights when they handle the ball well. GU committed only 8 turnovers vs. the Scots, fueling the 86-point output.
* If you had asked me before I looked at the box score how many points Darrell Blanton scored, I’d have said maybe 8. That may be the quietest 18-point, 8-for-10 performance I’ve seen.
* If Blanton was quiet, Scot guard Isaiah Price was loud, attempting 18 field goals (making 8) to get his 17 points. When Gannon opened its lead in the second half, Prince initiated Operation Chuck It, shooting the ball nearly every time he touched it. On many of those possessions, he didn’t even consider passing, either quickly launching a shot or immediately dribbling around the court before forcing an off-balance attempt.
* I can’t believe how well Blazek played with that contraption on his right hand. It clearly affected his ballhandling and passing, but his shooting – 15 points, 5-of-12 from the field, 3-of-6 on threes – was on target. I’d like to reaffirm my belief he should come off the bench for the forseeable future because of the mid-game spark he provides.
* With Torrence and Blazek going off, C.J. Oldham (19 minutes) and Oscar Macias (20 minutes) had their playing time reduced. But instead of sulking, the pair was cheering for their teammates during Gannon’s thundershower of second half point.