Golden89 wrote: When (A'Darius) Porter finished his and-one to put GU ahead, 40-28, I thought ... "We're coming off a great road win, now the offense is clicking ... maybe we've turned things around." Um ... nope. What followed was a sordid stretch of offensive basketball that we're sadly growing accustomed to. Let's see here. Turning to my trusty play-by-play, below are the results of the GU possessions since Porter made the free-throw for the 40-28 lead:
Turnover, turnover, missed shot, Three-pointer by Talley, turnover, turnover, missed shot, missed shot, turnover, turnover, turnover, turnover, turnover, Newby jumper (after two offensive rebounds), missed shot, turnover, turnover, missed shot.
Voila. A 40-28 lead becomes a 52-45 deficit. If you're scoring at home, that's 2 for 10 from the field with 11 turnovers over the course of 14 minutes and 21 seconds of unwatchable basketball.
Ewensel said (please note I made some edits/corrections because my parents were English teachers): I feel this deja...deja...deja vu. This team CAN BE a dangerous team if they score more than 60 points...but with how awful this offense is at times...they are a very average team. It is just so frustrating...at 40-28 I thought GU was going to have a double digit win. Awful offense for the last 15 minutes of the game.
Those observations are factual, and the feelings mirrored exactly what Jim LeCorchick and I said during the broadcast.
So what now? How does Gannon get out of this rut? The coaches are going to watch this game film -- do you think they're going to see something radically different than what's written above? A couple weeks ago after the conclusion of the Gary Miller Classic, I half jokingly wrote a "script" for each Gannon game going forward. Take a moment to read that script right now and tell me that isn't exactly what happened vs. Mercyhurst.
The question is what to do about it. As everyone I've interacted with at the Audi has said at some point this season, if this team can sustain their defensive intensity and be just halfway decent on offense, they are a borderline NCAA team. But right now the Knights are 2-2 in conference play and a meager 3-3 with two of those Ls coming at home. They haven't made the adjustment or improvement yet, and a quarter of the 26-game season is nearly behind us.
I'd say the good news is that GU's next four games are at home, but the Knights have already suffered two home losses. I said that already, didn't I? Maybe that's a sign we've put everything we can on the table at this point.
UPDATED 12/8/13: Apparently there is much more to say about this game. My co-workers who graduated from Mercyhurst are sending me emails like this:
I think Jim Roddy should be the play by play guy for all future Mercyhurst/Gannon games. Thanks for the good luck charm. Carpe Diem!!! Go Lakers! P.S. I think the Knights just turned it over again just now...
It's going to be a long week.