Yet another loss tonight to FGCU down in Ft Myers. 74-59.
The Ospreys stayed neck and neck with them until the usual dry spell. This one started at around 9 minutes left.
Brandon Goodwin on FGCU was getting hot and for reasons I cannot explain, one of two things would occur, UNF would either have Dallas try to force it, or watch Chris Davenport stand at the 3 point circle wondering what the heck he was going to do. No movement, just standing around. Meanwhile the shot clock runs down. It was like the rest of the team ceased to exist and he was going to score off the dribble. So UNF would end up with these end of ahot clock low percentage shots. The Ospreys didnt score one point in the last 2 minutes of the game.
Coach Driscoll tried to mix it up. He had Davenport come off the bench. He had Osborn Blount and Dallas Moore in the backcourt, mostly to try and cool off Goodwin. The Ospreys crashed the boards like never before and drew alot of fouls. But when Dallas Moore missed 2 free throws, then the front end of a 1 and 1, you knew the tanks were running empty.
This team most definitely needs a 3rd scoring option and they need to run plays that allow that scoring option to be successful. While Romelo Banks could be that option, they dont post him up much and his FT percentage isnt good. You can foul him with moderate success.
Right now any team can see Davenport and Moore are it, and after that is nothing. That makes it a lot easier for the opposing defenses to prepare.
Even Nick Malonga played (1 min) so you knew coach was looking for answers.
Lipscomb upset Upstate @ Upstate tonight, so that puts FGCU on top by a game over Lipscomb. JU beat Stetson at Stetson. Kennesaw beat NJIT @ NJIT.
UNF is in the middle of the pack now at 4-4.
Is someone at UNF reading my posts?
The Ospreys did exactly what they needed to do tonight to beat Stetson at home 96-64. While it was back and forth in the first half, you could tell the Ospreys were doing the right things tonight.
- Good team defense
- Limit the turnovers (only 9 tonight)
- Passing of the ball
- Setting up plays for tertiary players
- Control the paint
Both the TV (ESPN) and radio (1010XL) announcers were commenting that tonight looked like "old" Osprey basketball, especially with the passing. 1010XL made light of the fact that it seemed the team has (finally) found trust in Freshman Garrett Sams, he scored 20 points and nailed (5) 3 pointers.
This definitely didn't look like the UNF team that lost to the Hatters down in Deland a few days ago. 5 guys in double figures, Dallas Moore and Chris Davenport utilizing the full court and not monopolizing the dribble so much. And they won by 30 points.
Now if UNF can play like this for the rest of the season, they have a shot at FGCU (the fav) in the ASun. If they play like they did last week in Deland, they can sleep through the rest of the season and consider what might have been.
Speaking of FGCU, they beat JU up at Swisher Gym by 10 points. For some reason the Eagles always have trouble on the north side. They went cold in the 2nd half and JU came back was actually leading with 10 minutes left, but FGCU turned on the defensive heat and held JU scoreless for over 5 minutes of play. JU fought back to under 10, but didn't score the last 2 minutes.
Upstate was upset by Kennesaw State and Lipscomb beat NJIT. This puts FGCU one game above Lipscomb in the ASun.
A 3 way brawl for third is in place as UNF, Upstate and Kennesaw State are all logjammed at 5-4.
The stat that really hurts is that the 2 bottom teams in the ASun has only 3 wins between them and 2 came at the hands of the Ospreys.
UNF has 2 home games against NJIT and Upstate before going back on the road to play a tough Lipscomb in Nashville and Kennesaw State, both teams they barely beat at home. FGCU can seal the ASun with a win over Lipscomb in Ft Myers on Thursday. The only chance the Eagles can lose the ASun (or share it) is if they lose to both Lipscomb at home and to Upstate in Spartanburg.
Finally, tonight UNF honored their 25th anniversary of basketball by bringing out the original 1992-93 mens team.