A lot of what happened last night at Hilton basically echos the previous games against MVSU, Chicago State, etc. The one difference that I liked about last night was that I felt like we got off to a quick start for the first time all year, opening the game on a 15-2 run.
It wasn't until the last portion of the first half, did ISU not look as good. They basically were trying to get cute out there, and that resulted in sloppy play. Alley-oops going out of bounds, bad passes resulting in turnovers, etc. To start the 2nd half, the guys didn't try to do too much, and we were back on a roll, leading as much as 39 points. Tennesee State did get a little bit going during the last 8 minutes of the game, mostly due to the fact they were playing their starters, while we were playing all of our backups.
As far as who I thought had the best game, I'd give it to Marquis Gilstrap. He finished with 18 points (7 of 9 from the floor), 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal in 23 minutes of play. Brackins had a decent game also, getting 12 points (4 of 6 from the floor), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals in 25 minutes of play. DG also had a nice game, finishing with 11 points (7 of 9 from the floor), 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 turnover, and 1 steal. To finish the first half, DG was looking to score first instead of passing, and he put up two bad shots (the two he missed), but he fixed that later in the game.
Now the team takes the Chicago Invitational to Chicago, playing Saint Louis on Friday, and the winner of Notre Dame vs. Northwestern on Saturday. What stinks is that neither ISU game is going to be on TV it would seem, so you have to bust out the radios if you're hanging around here over the weekend.
Anyone going out to Chicago to catch the action?