As I said last night, the second half of last night's game showed us what a championship team looks like. Trailing by 12 on the road, Kent came out and:
Scored 49 points
Shot 75% (missing only 5 shots and 2 regular FGs)
Got to the line 26 times (actually only making 16, or this could have been worse).
For BG's part:
Made only 8 FGs in the half and only 5 2FGs.
Scored 31 points.
I don't mean to be critical, because I think we have gotten a lot out of our team this year and I believe the program is heading in the right direction. I'm just saying that what we saw from Kent last night is where we need to be. They played absolute lock down D while shredding our zone without mercy for 20 minutes last night, and that's why they're in first place and we are more than likely going on the road in the first round of the tournament.
The game flow pretty much tells the story in its full glory. About 3 minutes into the second half, you can see the BG line go flat, as Kent went on a 14-2 run to take the lead in the game, and from there the trajectory was set. For fun, check out Kent's line...WOW! They scored 41 points in the last 14 minutes of the game.
For the game, I think this chart tells it all. BG shot well enough in total, but we gave up 26% of our possessions to turnovers (0% chance of scoring) and let Kent get to the line and make 6 more FTs than us. And that is how a better team wins the game.
Individually, I would be remiss if I did not note that Otis Polk had perhaps his best game as a Falcon. He had 21 points on 8 of 9 shooting and 5 of 5 from the line. Yes, when the ball left Otis' hand last night, it only failed to go into the basket once, and for all the concern over the times that the successful rate was somewhat less than that, we should stop and applaud. He also had 9 boards.
Scott Thomas had 14 points in 30 minutes amid shooting woes. Erik Marschall was in foul trouble, which did stretch the team, and Luke Kraus, James Erger and Danny McElroy collectively got more minutes than we are used to seeing from the 3 of them.
We'll look at more of the standings later tonight, but it is not looking good for that home playoff game. We are certainly capable of raising our game, and perhaps on senior day we will upset the Zips.