Army Game – 2/13/10

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  • #1654

    LU65
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    Game Notes are up!

    http://www.lehighsports.com/assets/spor … 021310.pdf

    The Lines:

    Sagarin
    LU-5

    Pomeroy
    LU is given a 72% chance of winning

    #1657
    ngineer
    ngineer
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    "LU65" wrote: Game Notes are up!

    http://www.lehighsports.com/assets/spor … 021310.pdf

    The Lines:

    Sagarin
    LU-5

    Pomeroy
    LU is given a 72% chance of winning

    But Army has , by far, the best pep band. Don’t know if they travel for regular season games, but when they came to Stabler for the playoffs, they made the "STAR" feel like a home court for the Black Knights.

    #1661

    LU65
    Participant

    Yeah, you’re right. It could be a "battle of the bands" which would be fun.

    Let them bring their band as long as they bring along their ice cold shooters who have struggled big time in their prior three (all losses) going .344 and .306 from deep. The Black Knights were out-rebounded in two of those three games, as well. Back to scoring, it comes down to stopping #3 senior G, Cleveland Richards (14.1ppg in PL) and # 22 sophomore G, Julian Simmons (11.6ppg in PL). The two combine to take 59% of the team’s shots. LU, on the other hands, would certainly seem to have more scoring options available with: CJ (21.0ppg), ZC (14.4ppg), GK (12.9ppg), and MH (11.4ppg). On the rebounding front, only Richards is in the PL’s Top 20 @ 5.0rpg. Lehigh boast 4 in the Top 20. They are the same four: CJ, ZC, GK, and MH. But, then again, that’s why they play the game.

    See you there!

    #1666

    LU65
    Participant

    It was our night. Reed obviously got to the team after allowing Navy, and in particular Harris, to embarrass them at home three nights earlier. Tonight, the intensity was there right from tip. It was as if the players knew (and they did, listening to McCollum speak after the game) that Navy was tripped up by Lafayette earlier in the day and that a win tonight would give the Hawks First all to themselves. It was 7-0 at the first media break and LU by as many as 22 in the first half. The score was never tied and the lead never changed. All you had to know was what the two row of numbers displayed on the scoreboard under the name "Lehigh" at the end of the first half.

    1 8
    3 14
    10 6
    23 7
    42 7

    Hall 8, McCollum 14, Carrington 6, Ojo 7, Knutson 7. Total 42 of the team’s 45. Balanced scoring, team play, awesome shooting (58.6% overall and 45.0% from deep). Another big night in the offing for CJ.

    For the game, Army ended up taking 8 more shots than Lehigh but hit 3 fewer. Their big guys, Richard and Simmons, did go a combined 8 for 15 (far few attempts than is their norm), but the rest of the team could only connect of 36% of their shots (15 for 42). LU’s "D" was that good.

    So we won the game and, as expected, Dr. Reed did give Ojo and Greiner some added playing time (a combined 41 minutes). It paid off, with Ojo getting 11 and pulling down 3 boards. But the story of the night has to be CJ’s career-high 33 pts. in 31 minutes. He also tied Zahir for the team lead in rebounds with 7. Rookie of the year (for sure) and dare I say possible PL Player of the year. A check of the stat sheet shows he trails Navy’s Chris Harris by 18 points (240-222) for the league scoring title after 10 games.

    Now, if the team can only hold it together for the next two weeks. All is not perfect, however. There remains concern over Dave Buchberger and Rob Keefer – the "other" 2G’s once you look beyond CJ. DB, after being automatic in his first 7 PL contests is now 1 for 11 in his last three. RK, prior Rookie of the Year, is having trouble getting on track this year and is now 2 for 6 and 5 points in his last 5 games. Lack of playing time, lack of confidence, the emergence of Ojo, just what? Counting on Reed to figure it out and bring these guys back into the fold. Then, of course, there’s Adams. What’s up with him? Can someone please shed some light on his injury or illness. Once another strong presence in the paint, he’s now reduced to being the team’s biggest cheerleader from the bench. And there, for what’s it worth, he’s doing a great job.

    #1667

    norcalfan
    Participant

    Yes LU,

    Lehigh looks good. In regards to Keefer, I think his confidence is affected due to lack of guaranteed playing time. Buchberger has remained a starter despite his whoes. I guess it is called, coaches choice. Ojo is up and down in the confidence arena too. The freshman are doing a great job. I would love to see them continue next year, but I suspect LU has a new crop coming. As for Adams, I am not surprised by his enthusiam, he just wants to win. He had the same attitude in high school. Some have called him a loose cannon. He wants to win, no matter who is playing. Since he was suited up, I assume he was a go as needed. I assume Reed knows how healthy he is. He had a good run, playing in front of Greiner for a moment, but the injury/illness slowed him down. They need to support each other and they can take it all the way. Again, they have to buy in to what Reed is teaching. I really want to see the seniors go out on top. They are playing unselfish ball. Refreshing after what I have seen of some high school stars.

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