Jan. 28, 2013
Since it has been a little while since I have written, there's a bit I have to catch up on.
Last week, we ended our four-game losing streak with a big win at Chicago State. This win was very big for the program not only because it ended our losing streak, but also because it was a hard-fought game that went down to the wire against a quick, pressing Chicago State team that is playing very well right now.
The up-tempo pace against Chicago State prepared us for the game that followed against a similar Cleveland State team. After a very long bus ride through the snow from Chicago to Cleveland, we were focused and looking to get out of Cleveland with a win. The game was made up of big runs made by both teams. We came out of the gates slow and Cleveland State jumped out to an early lead, but we made a strong run of our own and used some great defense to close the gap and tie the score at halftime. The second half was a repeat of the first as we got down by double digits early, but once again, we turned up the defense with big efforts from Jordan Hicks and London Dokubo and stormed from behind to earn a big conference win. Down the stretch we executed and had minimal turnovers and offense and got some critical defensive stops in big moments. Christian Thomas led the way on the offensive end with some big plays around the rim, highlighted by a couple of dunks.
Over the weekend, we played a very good Detroit team that is rightfully among the best teams in our League. After another slow start, we held our own in the first half, and we had a three-point lead at halftime. However, in the second half we did not come out ready to play and did not handle the adjustments Detroit had made. Defensively, we lacked a will to get stops each possession and it showed that we didn't stand as one force together on the defensive end. We didn't match Detroit's toughness in our own gym and that is something that we will address and look to change with our next game on Wednesday against Milwaukee.
The atmosphere at the Detroit game was amazing with the students back and coming out to support us. As a team we would like to say thank you and hope to see everyone again this Wednesday at Gentile Arena. See ya then!