Northern Illinois hoops get upended by Central Michigan

Mt. Pleasant?  Not so much


Final - 2.18.2009 1 2 Total
Northern Illinois Huskies 24 20 44
Central Michigan Chippewas 27 36 63

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So we avoided getting run off the court...until the second half.  I fell asleep listening to the radio feed right after the buzzer went off to start the latter part of the game and missed the bloodbath.

No one player was dominant for CMU and they played an excellent team game.  6'3" F Antonio Weary stepped up and scored 11 points, grabbed 4 boards and blocked 3 shots.  Marcus Van finished with 10 pts and 7 rebounds.

Jake Anderson had 2 fouls early and then sat out most of the first half.  This must have affected his rhythm, because he was absolutely taken out of his game Wednesday.  Jake was being keyed on and only had 6 pts and 4 assists.  When Jake doesn't play like Jake that is going to spell trouble for this team no matter what as he also finished with 4 turnovers.

Nobody scored in double digits, but Sean "Super K" Kowal had a decent game scoring 9 while grabbing 8 boards.

Stats

The disparity wasn't with shooting percentages, but the amount of times we turned the ball over (our 17 to their 9).  CMU only had 7 steals, so the other 10 turnovers were from us shooting ourselves in our foot.

The most glaring stat is points off of turnovers: 25 to 2.  In no way, shape or form are you going to win a game with this kind of lopsidedness.  Combine that with 6 fast break points to our zero...and 7 blocked shots to our 2.

Our 3-point shooting could have been a lot better (2 of 10) as well as our free throws (10 of 20), but we just can't afford to hand the ball over that much to the other team.

 

So was it Central Michigan's home-court advantage that won them this game?  Bah, CMU only had 851 arrive at Rose Arena.  Less than a thousand people are really going to intimidate NIU's young team?  Seriously?  Sure, it was a quick turnaround since Sunday, but the team should be well-conditioned enough to travel by now.  Simply put, our team just isn't experienced enough to run our offense effectively enough.  Too many players aren't sticking to fundamentals and are trying to force the buck.

Next up is Saturday's romp to fellow cupcake Southeast Missouri State (SEMO).  It's absolutely essential that we win this game to get the road monkey off our backs and to quite frankly avoid embarrassment against one of the worst teams in the nation.

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