Sunday, November 29, 2009
Horn formed his replacement committee with eight players playing 11 minutes or more, and two others playing 7 minutes. The second half use of Galloway allowed Downey rest minutes on and off the court. This was a win through strategic coaching and player aggressiveness. These are the team victories coaches talk about.
Game Positives; four players in double figures scoring, 57.4% shooting percentage, 50% from 3-point range, 6 blocks, 9 steals and 21 defensive turnovers, to go with the 97-93 win.
Game Negatives; allowed 4 players to score in double figures, allowed 50% shooting, 53.8% from 3, allowed 11 offensive rebounds, including being out rebounded 30-35, committed 17 turnovers and only 5 total assists.
This is a hard working, scrappy, energetic and talented team, but there are some areas that cannot be replaced by committee. What was accomplished took 4 player contributions and a superstar finish. If this attitude and philosophy holds up, the return of Archie could reward volumes with players having realized their contribution capabilities against quality opponents. Next up Western Kentucky, the former employer of Horn's leadership services.