Girbran Smith's three-pointer with 16 seconds left today didn't just win the game at Seton Hill, 53-51. I think his shot saved Gannon's season. There's no way GU could feel confident traveling to Slippery Rock Wednesday after dropping three straight to PSAC also-rans Pitt-Johnstown, Cal, and Seton Hill.
I could only watch the live stats this afternoon (no video or audio access and who really wants to ever go to Greensburg in January),
and what a strange feeling it was to see a seemingly insurmountable
48-40 lead disappear as the Knights went scoreless for 4+ minutes. After
Griffin David Windsor hit a three to tie the game at 48 then another
trey to give his team a 51-50 lead with 35 seconds left, I figured
Gannon was dead. Not that I don't have confidence in this team; you just
would have to bet the under if the line is 1 on most offensive possessions. But --
hallelujah! -- Smith hit his shot and Windsor missed just before the
final horn to move the Knights to 11-3, tied for the best record in the
Smith isn't the only hero today. Adam
Blazek was 1-for-5 in the first half but went 5-for-10 in the second
half, including three threes, to keep the Knights in the game. Blazek
played his normal 40 minutes but committed an abnormal 5 turnovers. I'm
curious why Blazek has been shifted back to point and Marcus Jones
relegated to the bench. Jones barely played vs. Cal and didn't see
action in the first half at SHU. He ended up with 17 minutes of play in
the second half, registering 4 assists, 3 turnovers, and 0 points. Let's
see if he's back in the rotation at the Rock next week.
heroes are everyone for Gannon who grabbed a rebound. The Knights were
outshot from the field (44% to 38% -- blech), but corralled 16 offensive
rebounds to SHU's 2. That gave Gannon a massive 39-20 advantage on the
boards and a 13-4 margin in second chance points. And that's your
ballgame. It is kind of frightening though that Gannon can play such
incredible defense and murder people on the glass, yet come within a
whisker of losing the game. What's even stranger is this seems to have
happened once if not twice every week this season.
this game gives momentum back to Gannon and the Knights will finish
strong just like they did a season ago. And hopefully Girbran Smith gets
an open look the next time the game -- and season -- are on the line.