Two OVC teams with chances for resume-building wins fall in close contests. And I wonder what the final would have been if all of SEMO player’s could have played?
Belmont 61, Richmond 69
A tough night shooting for the Bruins. J.J. Mann hits just 2-11 from the field, Belmont goes 4-18 from three, and just can’t find enough points to top the Spiders. The good news? Belmont competed much better on the glass tonight, and got good performances out of the frontcourt, both of which are good signs moving forward.
Tennessee State 52, Western Michigan 63
This is what happens when Patrick Miller struggles. Miller was 6-24 from the field, and Tennessee State has still yet to score more than 55 points in a game this season. The Tigers shot 32% as a team, but did hold Western Michigan under 40% shooting. This game bucked the foul-calling trend with the two teams combining for just 27 combined fouls, and 28 combined free-throw attempts.
Central Baptist 56, Southeast Missouri 118
Yep, that was a bit lopsided. Without arguably their two best players, SEMO puts up 118 on NAIA Central Baptist. We knew the Redhawks could score, and tonight only reminds us of that point.
Three Point Shot
- Ken Pomeroy, keeper of all things statistical, broke down the first weekend of this season and compared it to last. Scoring is up more than six points a game, but he finds free-throws are almost solely to thank. Turnovers are also down, which does make sense when you think about it. So what have we learned? That virtually no one appears to have been able to make any sort of adjustment. The teams that do early are going to find themselves with a major advantage.
- Murray State doesn’t take the court until tomorrow, but could the Racers luck be any worse? They’re down to just eight scholarship players after Zay Henderson broke his hand in practice on Sunday. They’ll have to play their tough non-conference schedule shorthanded, and they can’t hardly afford any more injuries between now and December.
- Want me to actually talk about tonight’s games? Alright then. Belmont’s loss isn’t too concerning; Richmond is a very good team, and when the Bruins don’t shoot the three well, they’re going to struggle. That’s just their makeup. Tennessee State has shown little life through three games, and I’m really wondering if this team will be able to find any offensive rhythm this season.
Player of the Night: Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri. This kid is going to be something. 21 points in 23 minutes, as well as four assists, six rebounds, two blocks. Through two games this season, he’s cementing his place in “newcomer of the year” discussion
Player of the Night in a loss: M.J. Rhett, Tennessee State. This is a tough one, honestly, as no one had a particularly great night. Both Rhett and Belmont’s Drew Windler finished with double-digit points and nine rebounds, but on a night both teams didn’t shoot amazingly, I give the edge to Rhett, who went 5-7 from the field in the loss to Western Michigan.
Unsung Hero: Lucas Nutt, Southeast Missouri. He’s not a scorer, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a great point guard. Nine assists for the Redhawks senior on the night, compared to just one turnover. That’ll do.
Team Trending Upwards: Belmont. As I mentioned above, the Bruins rebounded well, and both starting forwards finished with 13 points. The 16 turnovers are a bit concerning, but against a good team like Richmond it was a solid performance overall.
Team Trending Downwards: Tennessee State. Until they prove they have more weapons, I just can’t take them as a serious contender not just for the conference crown, but even as an OVC Tournament participant.