Gannon's 72-59 win Wednesday over Pitt-Johnstown was businesslike and, quite frankly, unremarkable. A year from now, I think we'll look back on this game and say, "Um, I don't really remember that one. I can't recall a single play from it." That's not a criticism; the two teams played essentially up to their ability and the better team was never truly threatened.
What I think is
remarkable is that there's a high likelihood by the end of this week
John Reilly could walk over to women's coach Jim Brunelli's office and
say, "We're in first. Too bad you're in second." Cue the Talking Heads ... how did we get here?
If Slippery Rock loses at IUP Saturday evening, the Knights will be in a
three- or four-way tie for first in the PSAC West with the head-to-head
tiebreaker over SRU and the Crimson Hawks.
optimist in me says I can't believe the Knights control their own
destiny at the halfway mark of league play. Three weeks ago GU was 2-2
in the conference with two road games and a home contest vs. nationally
ranked Indiana looming. Since then they're 5-0, impressing the Gannon
faithful more and more every outing.
The realist in me says maybe one of Gannon's 8 second half PSAC games is a gimmee. (Guess who.)
Every other game will be a stress increaser. Slippery Rock has been the
most consistent in the West so far. At IUP will be a monumental
obstacle. Seton Hill (home) and Mercyhurst (away) have already beaten
the Knights. Road games at Cal and Pitt-Johnstown will require special efforts to get the job done, and Edinboro always gives me angst, even at the Hammermill.
not feeling like this 5-game win streak is a fluke, but I don't expect
that streak to double either. I'm just happy the Knights, after a rocky
start, are in the hunt and have an opportunity to be among the best in
the PSAC. I guess what I'm saying is -- cue Jim Carrey -- we've got a chance.