When Northern Kentucky freshman John Staley (1.0 PPG) easily scored the first four points of the game, it was a sign that KSU was in trouble tonight. The Owls trailed by as many as 17 in the second half (45-28), and NKU was in control of the game for all 40 minutes.
- Kris Drees deserves some recognition for playing tough in Aaron Anderson’s foul troubled absence. Drees is not the most athletic player, but he is strong, always has good position on defense and plays hard. He had three rebounds (two offensive), two points and an assist.
- The offensive rebounding was very good.
- Nigel Pruitt is going to be lethal from three as he develops. I love that he is not afraid to try and get himself a step of separation and elevate to shoot, knowing that it won’t be blocked often.
- Jordan Montgomery’s ball always has a good spin when it comes out of his hand.
- Myles Hamilton was getting to the basket with ease and kept the game from getting out of hand. We saw another glimpse of the future.
- Delbert Love played some intense defense late in the game.
- Markeith Cummings started this game. Is that the move for the next three games?
- Playing hard for the final ten minutes isn’t going to cut it.
- Drees is a walk-on and was the best player on the floor in the first half. Nothing against Drees, but that should not be happening. The lack of energy through the first 30 minutes tonight was highly disappointing.
- Some games are lost because we are a young team or we just aren’t good enough, but tonight was lost because of sleep-walking through the first half in front of the home crowd. These guys are better than they played tonight and I expect to see a better showing on Saturday vs. Lipscomb in a possible elimination game. I’m not sure what the tie-breaker would be, but if KSU wins out and Lipscomb loses out then both will split the series and have 5 wins a piece.
- Too many lax passes by KSU and there were just some ugly plays in general.
- Too many offensive rebounds given up. We won the rebounding battle by four, but it sure didn’t feel like it.
- Free throws weren’t free tonight. I believe KSU missed five in a row at one point and went 7 of 13. To put this in perspective, NKU point guard Ethan Faulkner went 10-10 (many were garbage time fouls).
- Eshaunte Jones picked up two early fouls and KSU couldn’t capitalize.
- Match-ups dictated that Andrew Osemhen didn’t play much tonight (2 minutes). He should get plenty of time vs. Lipscomb, battling The Big Hurt (Stephen Hurt).