Yes, we did lose at home to Eastern
Above, you see an autographed poster from today's Falcon game. In a fan-friendly gesture, the players assembled after the game and signed autographs on a poster the first 500 fans got when they entered AA today. It was a nice gesture. Erik Marschall is very outgoing and has a winning personality. The other players were on the glum side, because, yes, we did lose at home to EMU.
This is the EMU that was a bad team before losing its best player, Carlos Medlock, a couple of games back. Today, they beat us on our court--in what could well have been our last, best chance to win a game this season.
On the drive in, we heard DD say how hard the team was working to prevent turnovers. Then, we made two in the first minute. We had ten at halftime. For the second half, Ryan Sims checked in, and while he didn't do anything spectacular, things seemed to stabilize. In fact, we had only 3 Tos in the second half. Two of them, sadly, came in the final three minutes or so.
We had a chance to win (oh yeah, the final score 65-63) at the end. Coming out of a time out, we ran a set that achieved absolutely nothing (DD said something about not getting the ball to Martin off a back cut), and then Martin had to launch a Buffalo-style miracle trey.
Yeah, this time it was an airball.
We are now 2-16 in our last 18 MAC games.
I continue to think there's some good things going on out there. Otis Polk played well in 14 minutes (except for missing a dunk), and Nate Miller continues to be a player (11/6). Erik Marschall will be a player, though not really putting numbers up now. Brian Moten hit a couple jumpers on press-break...I still like him. Sims is also going to be a good player. Etc.
But for right now, we are just not very good. And let us remember one more grim fact....this team is 100% healthy.
We didn't shoot well (38%), and EMU shot about the same. We had 27 fouls...a lot even with the late fouling we had to do to stay in the game.
Samarco had 21, but was 9-10 from the line. He was 5-14 from the field, and 2-7 from three point territory.
Its off to Buffalo, and then Bracket Busterfun next Saturday. And then, back to the rest of the East.
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