eventually falling by 11 points, 74-63. I said before the game, "Nobody would have a right to gripe if Gannon suffered a 20-point drubbing. And if they are competitive with the Saints, that would be an additional boost of confidence for the GU faithful."
my confidence boosted. As the graphic here shows, Gannon played the
Saints evenly for the first 15 minutes and then didn't get blown out
once they fell behind. Looking at the stat sheet, Siena didn't rely on
substitutes, with its starting guards playing 37 and 30 minutes, and its
starting forwards logging between 22 and 27 minutes.
Knights spread around the playing time with seven players seeing at
least 21 minutes of action. That's what I look for in an exhibition
game: who is getting the playing time -- especially among the newcomers
-- and who did not see the floor at all. It was no surprise that the
senior foursome of Adam Blazek (31 minutes, 18 points), Raphell
Thomas-Edwards (27 minutes, 15 points, 5 turnovers), Girbran Smith (22
minutes, 7 points on 2-of-8 shooting), and A'Darius Porter (21 minutes, 5
points before fouling out) got PT.
The fifth starter was junior college transfer Tony Boykins
(25 minutes, 3 points, 4 assists, 3 turnovers). Also receiving
significant playing time were returning sophomore Matthew Dogan (22
minutes, 4 points on 2-for-7 shooting, 4 turnovers), St. Bonaventure
transfer Jean Yves Toupane (21 minutes, 9 points, and a team-high 7 rebounds), and redshirt freshman Marcus Jones (16 minutes, 0 points).
Newcomers who did not play include juco Jon Dogbo
and freshmen walk-ons William Gadson and Gabriel Adersteg. I'm not sure
if Dogbo is hurt or redshirting, but now we can all begin to speculate.
The only real playing time surprise to me was senior Rich Austin getting only 8 minutes. I thought he'd be in the rotation to spell Porter and Thomas-Edwards from the get-go.
I'm all zen about this game. Maybe I'm just conserving my energy for
next weekend when the Knights open the regular season taking on NCAA
participants Glenville State (WV) and Charleston (WV). Things are going
to get real real quick.
PSAC Notes: As I was
writing this post, I checked the PSAC web site to see how other
conference opponents fared in their exhibitions this weekend. I nearly
spit out my garbanzo beans when I saw that PSAC West patsy Edinboro ran DI Miami (Oh.) off the court today, 71-60.
The only Boro newcomer to score double digits was General McLane grad
Jaymon Mason, so it's not like this was a radically different lineup
from last year's club that finished a miserable 3-13 in the West.
Respectable losses included IUP falling at South Florida, 77-72, -- the game was tied at halftime -- and Shippensburg's close call at Duquesne, 72-69. Ship outscored the Dukes 15-4 in the game's final 6:41.
UPDATE 11/10/14: As we discussed on the Gannon Hoops blog earlier, the stepfather of freshman Isiah Eisendorf is nationally syndicated sports columnist Norman Chad. Chad writes about his family frequently, and on Saturday penned a column about his stepson playing Division II basketball. John Reilly is quoted in the article, and Chad has some great observations about Erie, including this one: "Erie is a lovely town, particularly if you have a wood-burning fireplace and thermal underwear." Click here for the complete article.