Ben Ball warriors march on through the out of conference season with another methodical 17 pt win over a scrappy Mercer team by a score of 76-59. Here is the early/raw box score.
Bruins got off to a great start right out of the gate and went up by a score of 14-3. The Bears then got themselves together a bit and made things interesting later in the first half by closing within 6 (29-35). Bruins closed the half strong thanks to a 3 pointer from DC and a last second put back by ND.
DC let all scorers with 20 pts and put the lock down on James Florence, Bears' leading scorer by holding him down to 9 pts. But to me the MVP for tonight was swingman MR, who started the game in place of injured JS and finished with 16 points, drainging 4 of 5 from the 3 pt line (shooting 6 of 7 overall):
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Gus Ruelas (via ESPN)
MR's game opened things up for DC and AA2. AA2 finished a workman like 14 pts and 7 boards.
Bruins still have a lot of room for improvement. They started the night playing great D but it loosened up a bit too much down low in parts of first half when Mercer was making its little run. I am sure Coach Howland will be working with ND, JK and others to tighten up the interior defense a little more in the coming days.
I will try to jot down lot more notes on tonight's game sometime tomorrow. We sure hope JS is doing fine. Anxious to hear the latest re. his injury.
So with that the thread is all yours. Let us know of your immediate post game impressions and reactions this Saturday night/early Sunday am (for those of us in the East Coast).