Saturday, March 9, 2013
SoCon Tournament Central: Day Two Review
Applachian State 74, Furman 60- The Paladins were down 47-40 with just 14:11 minutes left. But they could pull no closer. The Mountaineers shot 54.4% from the floor in this one. The Paladins committed too many turnovers. They really did not play poorly- they simply are not good enough at this point to beat a quality team. Nathan Healy and Jay Canty both scored in double digits. No one really had a great game in this one, but it was more than enough to win for the Mountaineers.
Elon 68, UNCG 61- In the best game of the day, the Phoenix held off the Spartans. Trevis Simpson scored 16, but Derrell Armstrong scored only 8 points- significantly worse than his round one performance. Lucas Troutman scored 14 points and collected ten rebounds. The Phoenix had a turnover problem, but eventually won because the Spartans only shot 31.0% from the floor. If the Phoenix keep on playing defense like that, they will have a lot of success as this tournament rolls on.
College of Charleston 78, Western Carolina 70- The Cougars won a SoCon Tournament game and is off to the Semifinals. Trey Sumler scored 25 points. Andrew Lawrence had a terrible night shooting, but still got to the free throw line a lot and scored sixteen points. It's always nice to see a guy who has an off shooting night still be able to score points. Anthony Thomas lead the way with eighteen points. The Catamounts are going home, partly because they only shot 38.0% from the floor. Tom Tankelwicz scored only six points, and that may have been one of the main reasons the Catamounts were unable to pull it off.