It’s time for another change in The Morning After, and there’s a very good reason: I can’t keep recapping every game. I don’t have the time, and honestly I’m mostly writing blind off of stats and recaps written by the schools anyway.
Plus, one reason I created this site almost two years ago was to give you information an opinions you couldn’t get elsewhere. And recaps you can find almost everywhere.
But I still want to look back on the games of the night before, so things are going to be a little tweaked.
Every night, I’ll still recap the most important games of the night in their own posts, with a little less “this is what happened” and a little more “this is what this game means in the long run.”
And if I don’t recap it, I’ll be sure to link to the recaps here in the Morning After.
I hope you like the changes. And if not, I apologize, but they had to happen.
Last Night’s Scores
Lipscomb 66, Belmont 100
Southeast Missouri 65, Missouri 81
Bethel (TN) 54, Murray State 76
Drexel 66, Tennessee State 76
Three Point Shot
- You’ve got to give Southeast Missouri credit for being up 10 at the break on Missouri. It completely fell apart in the second half, but the Redhawks put up a good effort against No. 12 team in the country. If only the Redhawks could generate turnovers.
- Murray State has a rebounding problem. 17 offensive rebounds to Bethel? Brandon Garrett has to pull down more than 3 rebounds. He’s a 6’9″ starter, you would think at least four balls would just fall into his hands during the course of a game.
- Tennessee State’s win against Drexel is a good win. The Dragons may by 2-5, but they’ve taken a similar “we’ll take on anyone” approach as the Tigers. Come the end of the year, I’m confident that this win will likely be one of the Tigers best.
Player of the Night: Ian Clark, Belmont. 30 points off of just 14 field goal attempts is impressive. Clark is now averaging over 19 points a game, 3rd best in the Ohio Valley Conference. He’s also shooting an out-of-his-mind 58% from behind the arc this season, including a 7-11 performance last night against Lipscomb.
Player of the Night, for a half: Corey Wilford, Southeast Missouri. Wilford put up 14 points in the first half against Missouri, leading the Redhawks to a 10-point halftime lead. Wilford wouldn’t score the rest of the game.
Unsung Hero: Kerron Johnson, Belmont. Johnson took just six shots all night as Belmont rung up 100 points on Lipscomb, but Johnson did with with 17 points thanks to going 10-11 from the free throw line. In two games against Lipscomb this season, Johnson is 21-24 from the charity stripe.
Not your best night: Dexter Fields, Murray State. 25 minutes, zero points and just one rebound against NAIA Bethel. Not that the Racers needed Fields to score tonight, and he did put up four assists and had four steals, but being shut out against Bethel? That’s rough.
Team Trending Upward: Tennessee State. Good win at home, almost back at .500, and the third straight solid game out of your star Robert Covington
Team Trending Downward: No one. A good night all around, even for Southeast Missouri, the only losers on the night.
Stat of the Night: After forcing just 6 turnovers against Missouri, Southeast Missouri will likely rank last in the nation in forced turnover rate. (Heading into last night they were third-worst). After 22 against North Carolina Central, EKU could lead the nation. (5th heading into last night) The Colonels are also in the top 10 in fewest turnovers.