Joe Crisman ripped down a career-best 10 rebounds in Loyola's 53-46 win at Northern Illinois
 
Joe Crisman ripped down a career-best 10 rebounds in Loyola's 53-46 win at Northern Illinois
 
 
Men's Basketball Blog #6: Joe Crisman

Nov. 27, 2012

We just got done with Thanksgiving break, and it is the last glimpse of freedom before we come back for the stress of finals. The team and I stayed on campus and sacrificed those few days at home to keep getting better and focus on last Saturday's game against Northern Illinois. I'm fortunate enough that I do not live too far away from home, so I was able to run back after a morning of practice on Wednesday. I dragged London, Jeremy, and Christian with me back to my hometown of Munster, Ind., to watch my old high school play its first game. It was cool to be able to show my teammates around and show them where I'm from... and as expected Munster got the win in its first game as well! Thanksgiving came around, and I was fortunate once again to make it back home for dinner. I brought Matt and Tanner with me this time because they live farther away, and I was glad to be able to open my home to them and give them a home-cooked meal.

We needed and wanted the Northern Illinois game and although we know that we should say this about every game, this one had some meaning for this team. After not playing as well as we should have against Western Michigan, a fellow Mid-American Conference team, the guys and I really wanted to go out and play tough against a good Northern Illinois team. We knew that they were a physical, athletic team with some really good players so we wanted to go out match their intensity and toughness for 40 minutes. We did just that, and another great game by Ben and Christian led us to a 53-46 victory. It felt good to get another win and we really stepped it up defensively to hold Northern to 30 percent shooting from the field. With a few breakdowns in transition, the team really embraced possession-by- possession defense. This is what is going to carry us and provide us momentum as we get deeper into the season.

We play Tennessee Tech this Wednesday, and our transition defense will need to be at its peak with a fast, strong opponent. We'll be ready, and will be looking forward to seeing everyone out there back from break supporting us to another win.

See you all then!