The thing we learned last night was that speed is sometimes more important than maneuverability. This is especially true as it relates to your halftime activites. Get the housework done quickly, get your popcorn and soft drink and get back to your seat, or get off the phone.
Why? All five games played last night changed dramatically in the second half. It’s downright odd, actually:
- VCU had a 31-26 halftime lead and outscored the Pugs 50-33 in the second stanza. W&M closed to 33-31 but VCU went on a 15-4 run.
- Georgia State was down 40-31 to The Dub, but rallied with a 48-34 second half thumping to beat the Seahawks.
- The Fightin’ Montays held their own with ODU and had confidence and momentum, trailing by five at the half. But ODU put a 39-25 beat down on Delaware after the break.
- Nor’easter plodded its way to a 26-24 halftime advantage, started the second half on a 23-6 tear, and outscored Towson 47-24 for the half.
- JMU led Drexel in the DAC 29-27 at the half, but the Dragons scored 11 quickies in the second half and rolled up the Dukes 51-28.
There’s a lot you can point to as leading indicators in VCUs rout over The Pugs. The big stats to me were that VCU only turned the ball over six times, and the Rams scored a huge 1.33 points per possession. Much-maligned Joey Rodriguez threw up an 18-point, 10-assist dub-dub, with only one turnover.
It’s also worth noting that Danny Sumner (0-1 against Hofstra) and Marcus Kitts (DNP against Hofstra) were 16-22 from the field. The rest of the Pugs–you know, their offensive weaponry–went 8-40. Not sure what that means in Pugland, but I think it’s good for them. (Esp. getting Sumner going…)
From the A-T-L, people are going to look at John Fields and his Bazemore-esque 2-12 free throw performance as the primary reason The Dub coughed up its lead. But I see 17 Dub turnovers and allowing a bad Georgia State offense to shoot 56% in the second half as the reason.
For ODU, an uh-oh to everyone else. Darius James, previously seen sulking on the bench, played probably his best game of the season–certainly his best game of the conference season. James got 30 minutes and 15 points.
Manny Adako was a perfect 6-6 FG and 3-3 FT, scoring 15 points for NU. Chase Allen hit 4-6 threes and has made 22-40 from three in conference games (55%). NkemO was NkemO–six points, nine boards, and four blocks. Finally NU DOBO Steve Scalzi sported a slick green shirt and tie. Will we see it Saturday?
The Drexel Dragons got Leon Spencer back, and his presence was obvious. In 16 minutes Spencer had nine points, seven rebounds, and two blocks. However the team just looked better with Spencer on the floor. (We’re stat geeks around here, but not everything is a piece of data.)
We’ll hit the halfway point on Saturday, and the clear divide/separation is top six and bottom six. We’ll start looking at that in the coming days, especially the six-for-four.