Saturday, January 1, 2011

Hoyas "Regroup" against the DePaul Blue Demons in tough win 86-75

Hearing this song "It's A Beautiful Day" by U2  today at the game in the Verizon Center, D.C., made me feel pretty good and after this song tit seemed like the Hoyas pick up their defense and regrouped for the win.


Although it was a tough for the Hoyas (12-2 1-1) in the first half, the Hoyas fought through it and found their way.  I think they needed a tough game to win and they did.  Hoyanation and friends the Hoyas seem to be a bit in a lull with the Blue Demons playing hard and doing all the necessary things to keep themselves in the game especially in the first half.  The Hoyas turnovers gave DePaul easy baskets which kept them in the game for most of the first half and parts of the second.  The little mistakes were almost adding up the big picture but Coach Thompson III substitutions prevented this.  I think during the holidays it's tough for some teams to get up especially playing a game midday on New Year's Day.  You can see the energy level pick up a little bit after the second half.

In my opinion, I think their should be more communication/point communication. This starts with our point guard Chris Wright simply because he's our point leader. These verbal, physical and mental things are the small things that add up to the big picture.  A "Win"! Rebounding seemed to be a big issue with the Hoyas on both ends of the floor, but picked up in the second half.  The shooting-challenged Blue Demons made only two baskets outside the paint in the first half and hit their first 3-pointer with 7 minutes left in the game. Coach Oliver Purnell’s team stayed in the game with hustle plays 12 steals and a 39-36 rebounding edge, only the third time this season DePaul has outrebounded an opponent.

Freshman Cleveland Melvin was 13-19 and scored a season-high 29 points for the Blue Demons (6-8, 0-2).  Although senior Austin Freeman and junior Jason Clark scored 21 points a piece, both players gave us the baskets when we need them.  Although the Blude Demon's hung around, it was Austin's leadership and the ability to hit the big shots when we needed them in the first half proved to be the factor to keep the Hoyas in the lead.  Most of  Jason's points came in the second half with good offensive inside play.






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