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Username Post: Game 3 Tonight - RIDER
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Reg: 07-30-06
11-21-08 10:58 PM - Post#53947    
    In response to LU65

One bad half of basketball doomed us last evening (see chart below). That, and the lights-out shooting of Rider's 6'3" sr. guard, Lamar Johnson who hit 6 of 12 three's in what seemed to be the second half alone. This, after going 0-4 from deep in Game One a week earlier against St. Joe's. No excuses, however, Rider clawed back from a 12 point halftime deficit and when they needed a big basket they got it - perhaps no bigger than the two dramatic threes to start the second half. Final Score: 69-68. Yes, Rob Keefer heave from the corner with 0:00 on the clock was a two and not a three which was needed to tie the game.

Lehigh's halftime play:

Game One (St. Peter's)
1st half: 15-28 for 53.6%
2nd half: 13-31 for 61.9%

Game Two (Del. St.)
1st half: 13-23 for 56.5%
2nd half: 16-33 for 48.5%

Game Three (Rider)
1st half: 13-26 for 50.0%
2nd half: 10-38 for 26.3%

Looking up at the scoreboard just prior to the start of the second half last night, LU's top scorers were:
Anderson 8
Keefer 7
Buchberger 7
Small 6
Carrington 5

One name was not up in lights. It was Marquis Hall. Regrettably, due to foul trouble (two personals in the first three minutes of the game) Coach Reed felt it necessary to sit him for the first half's final 17 minutes. Marquis' three minute line score read: 1 missed layup, 1 missed three pointer, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 1 steal, and 2 fouls. An hour of real time (7:10pm - 8:10pm) passed before Marquis touched the ball again. Wouldn't ya know it, his first field goal attempt in the second half failed. It was clear to many, I believe, that this wasn't going to be his night - similar to a few from last year, you may recall. And, with many of the plays designed around him, the team floundered to find itself in the final 20 minutes of play. Hindsight is always 20-20, but it would have been nice to see more of the Anderson/Buchberger/Keefe r formula that worked so well in the first half rerun in the second stanza. The three combined for only 5 second half points after intermission - a far cry from their first half output of 20. Did Coach Reed sit Marquis too long? Yeah, maybe as was hinted at in his post game interview. A learning experience for sure.

Game 4, the last of a three-game home-stand is scheduled for Monday against St. Francis (PA) before the team travels to the RAC to play Rutgers on Wednesday, 9/26, Thanksgiving Eve.

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