Gannon has had so many nailbiting games this season, I don't know how to react after back-to-back blowouts. The Knights followed up their 30-point shellacking of Pitt-Johnstown Saturday with a 70-49 harpooning at Le Moyne tonight. I watched the game via video feed and for most of the contest it looked like the varsity vs. the JV's (or "jayvees" as Jack Polancy used to write). I know Le Moyne was hampered without leading scorer Nate Gause (21.8 ppg), who scored a team-high 14 when the Dolphins beat Gannon 47-45 back on Nov. 28 at the Hammermill. But I often felt sorry for them because the Knights were bigger, badder, better, and brawnier at every position.
was a dangerous game -- a non-conference affair on the road in
mid-February when conference play is the focus -- but Gannon wasn't
distracted in the least and trampled Le Moyne for a 41-21 margin 21+ minutes in. After allowing a couple soft offensive boards early, Gannon held
Le Moyne to just 4 offensive rebounds for the game, on their way to a
39-24 rebounding margin.
I don't have any whiz-bang
insights to offer other than Gannon is clearly better than Le Moyne, and
the Knights were mentally prepared for this one. If they can maintain
this level of play through the weekend, they will clobber Cal -- who (for crying out loud!) lost at home to last place Seton Hill tonight, 63-62 -- and earn the PSAC West crown.
The first official Division II Atlantic Region rankings
were announced this afternoon; fourth is about as high as Gannon fans
could have hoped for with their early-season struggles. I will update
the results for you when the games are complete:
UPDATED 2/19/15 at 11:15 PM
#1 West Liberty (22-2): W at WV Wesleyan, Sat. vs. #8 Glenville State
#2 Fairmont State (17-8): L vs. #10 Concord, Sat. vs. UVa-Wise
#3 Indiana Pa. (20-5): W vs. #6 Slippery Rock, Sat. at UPJ
#4 Gannon (17-8): W at Le Moyne, Sat. at California
#5 Mercyhurst (18-7): W at UPJ, Sat. at Seton Hill
#6 Slippery Rock (18-7): L at #3 IUP, Sun. at Clarion
#7 Bowie State (19-7): W at Virginia State, Sat. at Elizabeth City State
#8 Glenville State (17-8): L vs. Wheeling Jesuit, Sat. at #1 West Liberty
#9 Charleston (16-9): W at Urbana, Sat. vs. Notre Dame Oh.
#10 Concord (16-8): W at #2 Fairmont State, Sat. at Shepherd
Virginia State (17-6): L vs. #7 Bowie State, Sat. at Lincoln
Winston-Salem (15-8): W vs. Johnson C. Smith, Sat. at Livingstone
Wheeling Jesuit (15-8): W at Bluefield State, W at #8 Glenville, Sat. vs. WV Wesleyan
East Stroudsburg (16-8): W at West Chester, Sat. at Mansfield
Livingstone (14-9): W vs. St. Augustine's, Sat. vs. Winston-Salem State