December 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm #17002
Couple notes on this one. First off, I have never heard of Mont Alto before, but, apparently 1200 students from Mont Alto, PA, somewhere between Gettysburg and Chambersburg.
All of our guys got some run, and finally some appearances and numbers from the lost. And, we hit the century mark.
KM in his Lehigh debut with 9 points
JRG in his Lehigh debut with 8 points
TJ in his Lehigh debut with 7 points
Others of note:
Led by high 30’s at one point, won by 26. Only 8 turnovers. But, surprisingly, only shot 46% on FGs and 30% on 3’s. I would have expected mid 50’s in a game like this.December 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm #17003
To a large extent, I think we can write off the mediocre FG% to the volume of bench minutes. Right off the bat, TK only had 3 FGAs and JG had none. Also, there were so many different lineup combinations that haven’t played as a unit before, I’m not surprised that rhythm wasn’t there.
Most noteworthy thing to me was 0 minutes for CB. I’m lead to assume that his knees are in rough shape, which is sad and unfortunate.
None of the bench guys made a huge impression on me. CR’s quickness was impressive; KM looks like he has the tools to contribute – but also looked hurt or sore. Even outside of the non-dunk on the break, he looked uncomfortable getting up and down the floor, even maybe a slight limp.
Anything catch anyone else’s eye?December 1, 2014 at 5:47 pm #17005
CB has been ill last week or so. Knee not bad for an 80 yr old guy.December 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm #17006
I dare to ask, what was the actual in arena attendance number for the game? Official number was 535. Could everyone in the arena hear your conversation with the seat next to you, or were you the only one there?December 1, 2014 at 7:04 pm #17007
ha! i actually watched the live stream – wasn’t there in person. attendance did not look pretty, but i find it VERY hard to tell on those streams. i think they avoid showing empty seats. it did look like one of the sections behind the hoop was completely empty, however.December 1, 2014 at 8:47 pm #17008
Got it. I think 535 is the lowest I have ever seen reported in a box for Stabler. That is approaching Colgate territory.
If a game occurs in an arena and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound? (did it really happen)?
I love those games where nobody is there and you yell something that everyone hears, and everybody stares up at you in the stands. I remember a Lehigh @ NJIT game where I counted about 40 people in the stands.December 2, 2014 at 1:37 am #17010
I was there and 535 may have been the paid attendance, but maybe half of that actually was there in the flesh. In retrospect I was surprised with how many did show up. The few, the proud, the faithful. And the bored. The game appeared on very few schedules, it was a Sunday on a holiday weekend with people having made other plans a while ago. And Mount Alto is nationally known as “who?”
I went to see the guys who have not played: the transfers and TJ. I agree KM looked like a potential contributor, but as mentioned, maybe a bit gimpy. JRG can jump, but looked out of sync. TJ may have potential on the back end of the rotation later on.
My biggest impression of the night though was that in the second half, Mont Alto didn’t get the memo about laying down and continuing to taking a beating. They have a couple of guys who can shoot if left unguarded. Initially our non-rotation players looked rather hungry to play, but as the second half drug on we looked a bit disinterested, and they had a number of open threes that went in. As well as a couple of give and goes that were unchallenged.
There was scuttle butt from one of the regular fans that this date was originally scheduled with Catholic University, but that they backed out at the last minute creating the opening.December 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm #17021
Jim, I give you a lot of credit for going to that game.
The Catholic opponent story is odd in that on the same day Catholic was in the Lehigh Valley playing DeSales down the road, and losing a close game. Both D3 opponents, not much difference, I guess.December 2, 2014 at 3:44 pm #17023
Mont Alto isn’t Division 3. They aren’t even in NCAA. They are a part of something called the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. My guess would be that a good D3 program (Catholic and Desales included) would be significantly better than Mont Alto, but it’s impossible to know without common opponents. And when the goal is just to get the turkey out of the guy’s systems and get the bench some run, I suppose it doesn’t matter in the long run.
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