Carl Richard played hard nosed defense and grabbed rebounds with authority. He got a couple steals playing good heads up defense anticipating and getting in front of passes. His shooting percentage was off with 1-9 shooting, but he made up for with all the other factors he provided.
Carter hustled at both ends at a 120% pace for 37 minutes and got results from his effort. 17 points off a good outside stroke for knocking down threes off dish out passes and by penetrating and creating. The team followed his lead and played with intensity and energy the whole game.
Printy has more talent than anyone left standing but is unselfish and willing to get 5 assists along with his 12 points so it's not as noticeable as it might be otherwise. Spot up threes are what we most know him for, but he created and popped a couple really sweet ones, too. He is sharp and crisp with the ball and almost never makes a ball handling error. He had a couple low skip passes to guys open underneath that take court awareness and talent to accomplish.
Two bright spots shone where we may not have expected it. Doluony emerged yesterday as a premiere D1 talent. He swished an open look three with ease, grabbed boards in a higher plane than those around him, threw a nice dish down to an open Crawford underneath, and drove and elevated for 4-4 jumpers to total a 5-5 shooting night in 21 minutes off the bench. Pretty good output for those minutes and he looked like a seasoned Junior instead of a Redshirt Frosh.
And saving the best for last, Rashad Reed looked like the talented and experienced Senior player we needed out there. No bonehead turnovers (only three for the team for the game,)nice touch on the threes and good driving and dishing for 7 assists grabbing 5 boards along the way.
If these 'Elite 8', as the Coaches call them, continue with this kind of play, and there's no reason they should not, we could end up with a winning season at long last. Now wouldn't THAT be something gratifying?