The best thing you can say about yesterday's game is that "it's behind us." Following a long bus ride and a night on the road, we somehow escaped the hills of New Hampshire with a "W" with what had to be our least impressive effort of the year (see numbers below). Now, it home to face the St. Joseph's Hawks in our marquee home game of the year on Tuesday night.
How then do you account for our 13 point (73-60)win yesterday? Simple: The refs sent us to the line 10 more times 27 to 17) and we knocked down 23 compared to the home team's 9. Not only couldn't the Big Green hit from the charity stripe, they couldn't hit from behind the arc either - no matter how hard they tried. Eighteen of their 23 long range shots were off target. And, when it came to rebounding their own misses (2's and 3's), Dartmouth was no where to be seen as LU pulled down 33 of their wayward attempts.
As mentioned, we were lucky or maybe - as this year will prove - when one guy is down, two or more Mountain Hawks step up to take up the slack. It happened again last night when Marquis went AWOL hitting just 2 of 10 and dishing only 2 helpers in 27 agonizing minutes of play. Fear not, we got solid play (19 combined points) from our "2" and "3" guards, Buchberger and Keefer. The due are quickly becoming the team's most reliable shooters whether from the field (.463) or the foul line (.839). Hall's replacement on the point, Prentice Small, did his part, as well chipping in 7 points and 9 assists. The team also got unexpected help yesterday from sophomore Michael Ojo (2 for 3 from deep and a couple of key rebounds) and senior John Goulay (8 pts on 4 for 5 shooting and 6 boards). One can only hope this might spur the heretofore slow-afoot 7-footer onto greater things in the weeks to come. Fun to imagine, isn't it?
So, it's time to welcome into Stabler the Atlantic 10's St. Joe's Hawks this Tuesday. I assume they'll be accompanied by a few hundred loyal fans and their mascot Hawk - a guy/gal (who is it?) - that never sits down during play. It'll be a fun sight to witness. Here's hoping the Lehigh faithful will turn out in mass to support their team.