Not with a bang but with a whimper, the Falcon's Men's Basketball season came to an end tonight at the Stroh....so much to say. CMU had won only one conference road game.....they had a terrible year. Yet, they came into this game, and I felt played like they wanted to win more than BG did for much of the game. Coach Hopson in the post-game said as much.
In my preview, I thought BG could only lose if it hit one of those endemic periods where it cannot buy a basketball, "almost incompetent offense" to use the words of Todd Walker. And we certainly saw that, especially in the second half of the game, where BG shot 28%. And despite CMU failing to close the game out at the free throw line, and despite a wild finish and numerous opportunities, BG was unable to get the game winner.
But, in the words of Coach Hopson on the radio, "it probably should never have been that close."
And he was right.
I thought Todd Walker did a nice job walking through the games this year that BG had late opportunities to win and did not. Certainly, sometimes BG did close out, but they did not do it enough to be a truly winning team. A winning team closes out all the time, or almost all the time. Something in BG's DNA just didn't have that gene.
And BG should, without question, have beaten the Chips tonight.
Since the season where BG earned the #1 seed, fans have been pointing to this year, with seniors, everyone back, a full slate of Orr recruits. And, everything was there except the ability to close those games out. And, it ends at 16-15, with an embarrassing loss at home to end the season.
So, a disappointing season, followed by a disappointing end. More tomorrow.