Monday, November 24, 2008

Disappointing. GW 71-Auburn 83

It looked like GW could run away with this one. In the first half, the Colonials were playing good defense and hitting tons of outside shots. The second half, Auburn made adjustments (going from zone to man-to-man, for example) and torched GW for 54 second half points. Coach Karl Hobbs attributed the 2nd half slump to toughness while Damian Hollis attributed it to low energy level. I think those were issues, plus not adjusting. That was the story, basically.

Wynton Witherspoon was 1-10 from the floor, and Damian Hollis scored 13 in the first half, but only 3 in the second. Auburn also scored 25 points off turnovers to GW's 7. GW shot 50% in the first half and 33% in the second and vice versa for the Tigers. In all, it was a disappointing game with some bright spots. Hermann Opoku looked Pops-esque at times, throwing down an alley-oop and such. Tony Taylor was good, quick and aggressive off the dribble and scored 13. Travis King had some nice moves and good shots - 3/4 from three. Noel Willmore was 4/6 from three.

More bad news - the team was beat on the boards, however, 27-36, and Xavier Alexander was nowhere to be found, racking up 4 fouls. Aaron Ware played like a freshman as well in limited minutes, and Rob Diggs only took 5 shots, hitting three.

There's been a lot of chatter on GWhoops about this - GW lost to another BCS team (the 14th straight, as the Hatchet notes), and it was a game the Colonials could have won. But at the same time, this is a new team, and we're still 2-1. Don't give up the ship.

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