From the opening tip-off this felt different as Dayton head coach Jim Jabir was forced into using a timeout just 2:24 into the game as the Rams went on a 5-0 run. While the Flyers would recover momentarily, it would not last as the athletic quickness of VCU showed its effect on almost every offensive possession…
“We had some open shots and we just didn’t make them,” St. Bonaventure head coach Mark Schmidt said after the game. “You have to make them on the road.”
“I thought we played hard, but we didn’t finish,” St. Bonaventure head coach Mark Schmidt said after his team’s fourth-straight road loss. “We missed some shots and they made some shots … We knew that Anthony was going to go off with Lindsey out. They made the plays and we didn’t.”
The final minutes was just another example of a team maturing after a disappointing 10-19 season just one year prior. In fact, this was the Bonnies’ second conference road win of the season compared to compiling zero wins last year. Instead of faltering down the stretch, this Bona team leaned on past experiences and stiffened down the stretch, focusing on the defensive side of the ball.
“You have to battle entitlement,” Smart said. “It’s very, very easy to show up to the arena and say, ‘we got this.’ It doesn’t work that way. You have to make it happen. You have to play possession by possession. I think early in the game, we struggled with that a little bit.”
For the first 40:44, the Richmond Spiders could not solve the perplexing zone defense of Hofstra. Then, in the overtime period, the Spiders broke out of their malaise, scoring 11 points while finishing the game on a 19-5 run, stealing a victory from the Pride, 74-63 at The Robins Center.
Allie-Cox never hesitated, lifting the ball over his head and fired, leaving bewildered looks on the faces of the VCU fans in attendance, but as the ball went through the nylon, the crowd erupted. The noise became deafening and the walls caved in on the Eagles.
The Spiders leading returning scorer and one of the top returning scorers in the Atlantic 10 Conference at 20 points per game last season, had attempted just two shots, missed them both and had little if any impact on the court. Richmond was never in danger of being blown out, but the Belmont Bruins were keeping within striking distance…
There he is. A tall and lanky string bean standing at 6-foot-10 with arms that hang well below his knees. See the way he gets position in the paint, backing defenders down with ease before skying over them with a baby hook.
Now turn to the present and Bona fans can sing a different tune as Schmidt wrapped up the Spring signing period by signing five players, three freshmen and two Junior College transfers. Xavier Smith, Chris Dees, Denzel Gregg, Andell Cumberbatch and Jalen Adams all add up to the most talented class, on paper, Schmidt and his staff have compiled in his five years at the helm…