January 24, 2013 at 7:33 pm #9098
Just want to say that I really value Bison137 contributions to this board and the general PL discussion, so if we do run him off I hope it’s because of LU wins and not animosity.January 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm #9099
Some final observations and memories from last night.
> Funny how fast the time flies when two sports fanatics get together to talk “Lehigh.” Thanks for joining, TMH, for the last 100 miles of my drive west last night. Together, TMH and I stopped at Damon’s (sports bar/burger joint) on the outskirts of Lewisburg for our pre-game meal. There we were served by – of all people – a Bucknell grad?! This, after talking about admission requirement on our way to the game. Ummm.
> Sitting courtside only 3 to 5 feet away from both the Knutson and Bailey clans, you live and die on their sons’ every play. You could feel both their pains and pleasures – and there many of each last night. Truly an odd experience. It was like I was watching my son all over again play high school ball. When Gabe, who couldn’t buy a basket for most of the night, drove to the basket from the right foul-line extended and hit the reverse layup to put us up by 3 with less than 3 minutes to play, I swear you could hear Mr. and Mrs. K – who had been holding their breath – exhale at the same time. A combination of both relief and joy. Errick Sr., CJ’s Dad, was sitting besides the Knutson’s and at one time during the night – when we had a substantial lead – the dad held-up a cardboard cutout sign of his son’s face – and started chanting, “We don’t need you.” I thought I caught a glimpse of CJ nodding his approval and a brief back-handed waive from just 10 feet away. I can only assume he was smiling to himself. The players’ family members, school officials, and boosters who travel to the games are a close-knit bunch. Like the players, they support one another and seem to be having the time of their lives. Neat….cool…awesome. You choose the word. Just fun to sit among them last night.
> Yes, BJ was 4 for 4 from long range, but how about the unselfish assists to JG and MM with less than 5 minutes to play.
> 4 turnovers! None by MM with 37 minutes of playing time. Best pg in the league.
> CS game into the game with less than 10 minutes to play in the first half when we were up by 12. Ten minutes later we led by just one at the half. Corey drained 2 threes and ended up scoring 6 of our final 10 points in the first half to keep our head above water when BU was making their push. Where would we be without him last night when things began to slip away. The kid has a knack of finding open space to operate. When not rushed – as he wasn’t last night – he’s got a deadly shot.
> Business-like, ‘been there – done that’ approach to the game. You can tell this is a Bret Reed coached team.
> 10 for 18 threes! Not too shabby. Actually, last night’s performance puts us atop the national leader-board as the finest 3-point shooting team in the nation. Then again, maybe it’s an anomaly. Check it out:
#1 LU 44.2%
#2 Creighton 44.1%
#3 Indiana 42.2%
While that’s good, being the 5th best in country defending the 3 @ 27.5% is pretty d— good, as well.January 25, 2013 at 9:02 am #9102
Wow Wow Wow. I am impressed. Way to go LU.January 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm #9105
Finally computer service has returned. My trip to Bucknell with LU65 was extraordinary in every respect. Thank you for the company and the great seats LU65. I will have to give credit for the result to others though :-).
First, for those who have not been to Bucknell yet, the athletic facility is fantastic. They did a wonderful job. The basketball arena is a bit smaller than I expected (perhaps around 3,000, not sure) but it really adds to the intimacy and intimidation. There is not a bad seat in the house.
Offensively, it was not one of our better games, although BJ , MM and CS were huge from 3 when it was most needed. Much of the credit can be given to Bucknell’s D. As good as Muscala is, I think I may have forced him to play defense earlier and more often. If for no other reason, then to facilitate a few early fouls. Bucknell was only called for 2 fouls in the entire 1st half. We began attacking about 1/4 way through the 2nd half and I believe both Muscala and Willman picked up 2 fouls. That changed the game.
I would also like to see more screens. Not just to drive around but to shoot behind. IMHO, we relied a lot on one on one moves to get open. Watch for it against Lafayette. I loved the weave however.We only used it a couple of times and truthfully, I’m not sure if it led to an easy basket but it’s great ball movement and there is so much we can run off of it.
Last negative. We stopped team rebounding in this game. It was a hallmark of the last few games for me. I’m not saying that the rebounds were not spread around statistically, but we were not crashing the boards en masse. In fact we were often in mass retreat on the offensive end.
The biggest positive was the defense and it was VERY positive. It was relentless. Great hustle. Nice switching. Superb physicality while remaining under control. Bucknell got off very few uncontested shots. We will need the same type of perimeter intensity on Sunday. The place should be rocking. For those who have not made a game yet, you need to put time aside. This Lehigh team is very well coached, very talented and plays the epitome of team ball.
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