Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Falcons Sail Past Dolphins

Everything went as expected in Miami...316 people (officially) cheered on BG's sizable Florida contingent as they built a 12 point lead with 9 minutes left in the first half and never saw the lead get inside.  It never got inside 10 again and in the second half never got closer to 14.  This is what you'd expect from the Falcons, and it was achieved, 75-59.

BG scored 1.07 points per possession, which is a good number and above the NCAA average.  They achieved that with respectable shooting and their normally very good control of the ball.  If sustained, that's a winning combination.  On defense, they worked the opposite levers...JU shot very poorly, turned the ball over a lot and scored .83 points per possession.

What kept JU in the game at all was FTs.  They were 20 of 27 while BG was 11 of 11.  Without that +9 it's a total blow out.

BG shot 49% and 37%, the first just a little below average and the second above average.  For JU, it was 29% on 2FG and 37% on 3FG.  Obviously, the first number is dreadful.

Justin Turner led BG was 15 points.  He struggled a little at 5 of 14 and 3 of 4, but added 11 rebounds and 8 assists.  Trey Diggs had 12 on 4 of 6 from 3FG, which is obviously very efficient.  Marlon Sierra had 11 on 4 of 6 and 1 of 2 shooting (also very efficient, plus 5 rebounds) and Plowden had 11 on 3 of 5 and 1 of 2 shooting and 3 blocked shots.

BG played pretty small for the game, which might partly explain the rebounding stats.  Mattos played 9 minutes and Swingle played 12.

BG moves to 2-1.  They play Fairmont State on Friday in the morning in front of screaming school children...more on that game later.  Fairmont is a decent team at the DII level.

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