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Sunday, November 04, 2007

MU men's hoops vs. William Paternson


William Paterson (58): Fowler 4-10 0-0 8, Ouedraogo 4-6 1-1 9, Spiegel 2-9 7-7 12, Cameron -6 0-0 0, Cousins 0-2 0-0 0, Ellis 0-5 0-1 0, Holloway 4-6 2-2 12, Paul 2-4 0-0 4, Gawronski 0-0 1-2 1, Lucas 1-2 1-2 4, Dunn 2-3 0-0 4, Brown 1-2 2-2 4, Brito 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-55 14-17 58.

Monmouth (68): Barbour 0-1 3-9 3, Gaitely 1-1 0-0 2, Youngblood 6-14 5-6 19, Coleman 6-12 4-5 18, Hett 2-2 0-2 5, Simpson 0-3 0-0 0, Nunner 2-5 0-0 6, Rutledge 4-6 2-2 11, Deltufo 2-3 0-0 4, Barlow 0-0 0-0 0, Dobriansky 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-47 14-24 68.[PARA]

Halftime: Monmouth 40-25. 3-point goals: William Paterson 4-19 (Fowler 0-2, Spiegel 1-3, Ellis 0-1, Holloway 2-2, Lucas 1-2, Dunn 90-1). Monmouth: 8-21 (Youngblood 25, Coleman 2-5, Hett 1-1, Nunner 2-4, Simpson 0-3, Rutledge 1-3). Rebounds: William Paterson 37 (Fowler, Ouedraogo 7). Monmouth 31 (Barbour 8). Assists: William Paterson 9 (Cameron, Cousins 2). Monmouth 14. Hett (5).


WEST LONG BRANCH - It was an unusual sight for a Monmouth University men's basketball team.
As William Paterson's Steve Cousins dribbled on the Boylan Gym floor during Sunday 's preseason game he was suddenly surrounded at half court by Monmouth's 6-9 center Dutch Gaitley and guard Jhamar Youngblood.
And it was not a one one time thing as the Hawks trapped and pressed more in 40 minutes than probably all of last season. Or many seasons for that matter.
""We're a little bit more athletic (than in the past) and a little more experienced at guard,'' said Monmouth coach Dave Calloway after the 68-58 victory by the Hawks over the Division III Pioneers.

""I did something (Sunday) that we planned coming into the year to do a little bit,'' said Calloway.
He said Monmouth employed similar tactics last week in a closed scrimmage at Lafayette. ""A times it looked good and today, too,'' he said.

The players appear to enjoy the up tempo possibilities.
Youngblood, who scored a game high 19 points Sunday, said the pressure defense should limit the amount of time Monmouth has to play true half court defense.
""Plus it gives us a chance to use our athletic ability a little bit more,'' said Youngblood. ""Get a couple of deflections and run more.
""Hopefully we'll do it all year, every game, after every free throw. I like it. It helps us on defense and gets us some chippies on offense, too.''

Junior guard Whitney Coleman said he was hoping over the summer Monmouth would employ some defensive pressure.
""I think it helps get things moving quicker, gets us some easy baskets, get back door cuts,'' said Coleman who added 18 points and three steals.
""On defense we're slowing their time of possession to where we may only have to play defense 24 seconds,'' Coleman said. ""And maybe their offense is already flustered a little bit.''
It was Monmouth that appeared flustered towards the end of the game when it committed five of its 22 turnovers in the last 5:55.

That's when what had been a Monmouth 18-point lead early in the second half was twice trimmed to seven points.
""That's why we have exhibition games, to get the bone head mistakes out early,'' said Colman. ""We had a bunch of bone head mistakes late. We need to settle down, hit free throws, and do what we need to do to win.''

Monmouth opens its 2007-2008 season 7 p.m. Friday at Colgate.

Note..Rickie Crews (served one game suspension) is expected
to return to practice Monday...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The game was so poor a few local high schools could play with MU and lose by 8-12 pts. Good luck its going to be a sad season .

6:52 PM, November 04, 2007  
Anonymous Hit a free throw said...

Tony I met you tonight but I will keep my identity anonymous. The game was interesting and I must say the team should be a bit exciting to watch this year. I think the guards lost focus on a few of the plays bringing the ball up. Youngblood tried a few behind the back passes that he clearly shouldn't have tried. Hett looks like he will definately be a great point guard at some point. The big guys need a little work but we all knew that. This game should not have been as close as it was, we really lost our composure. The out of conference games could be very ugly. I'd really to hear your take on this game.

7:30 PM, November 04, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I will give my take..but first I gotta watch the Eagles-Dallas game (though the way it started it may not be for long)..

Well, OK, Eagles just tied it up. Gotta get some pop corn now!!!.

Look for Greg Viscomi (MU SID) in the crowd..

8:38 PM, November 04, 2007  

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