The Dawgs fell to the Wofford Terriers 60-57 Tuesday night. This was one of those games where shooting failed us. The old saying live by the three, die by the three, well, I'll let my readers figure out what happened. Not to mention free throw shooting.
If you read my preview of the game earlier, you would notice I picked three areas that we needed to improve on. Well, needless to say we did not improve on any of those areas.
To start, our free throw shooting was just down right bad. To the point where we had a chance to tie the game at the line with 6 seconds left, but Dustin Ware missed the back end of a one and one after Wofford called a timeout. On the other end, Wofford hit both of their free throws to pull ahead by three points. Ware had a chance to tie the game with a three but missed it long. From where I sat, it seemed like a good look. But with time running out I think he rushed it a bit.
We ended the game shooting 55% from the line. 55% won't win you many games, but it sure will cost you several.
Second, our shooting from the field. We ended shooting 40%. and only 14% from three. Tonight Travis Leslie was a bright spot. 7-11 from the field, 1-1 from three and 2-2 from the line. This was the second game where Ricky McPhee waited until the closing minutes to hit is only three of the game. This is something that needs to be fixed. Our poor shooting was addressed by Coach Fox in the post game radio interview. He said that we are not a good shooting team, but it is something that can be worked on.
Lastly the boards. We managed to stay the course, but would like to see some of our offense rebounds turning into points.
Overall we had a slow start and played form behind most of the game. This is not something this team can do at this point and be successful. We need to stay within a couple of baskets until we can learn to come from behind and take the lead.
There were several items that stood out to me.
To start, Jeremy Price is really beginning to play well. He has dropped a good amount of weight and is starting to show signs of a good ball player. He got 20 minutes tonight. In that 9 points, 4 rebounds and a block.
I also found that our defense is starting to step up. We have 8 blocks and forced 8 turnovers. They held the Terriers to 38% shooting and 35% from three. The downside was they shot 85% from the line. That's where the game was won for the wimpy dogs.
Going forward, I can say I see areas that need improvement. And since the season is so young, the verdict is still out on how we will play in conference play. Luckily we have quite a few games before then to work out the kinks and work on the faults.
As they say, winning is contagious and winning needs to be learned. So with this game, we found some faults the can be improved on. So I hope going into the UAB game Saturday, we can adjust and learn from this game.
NOTE : Sorry no pics this week. I had the twins to myself at the game.
Next Game is at UAB on Saturday.