Horrible First Half Dooms Hopkins
If you would have seen Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins play at the Slam Dunk To The Beach two weeks ago, you would have figured them to be a Top 10 team nationally. One Saturday night, they didn't look like a Top 10 team in North Carolina in the first half against St. Anthony.
The Friars defense helped limit Hopkins to just 16 points in the first half. Hopkins scored just 6 points in the first quarter. They shot 31% from the field in the first half and it wasn't pretty. St. Anthony cruised to a 63-46 win and managed to never be seriously challenged.
Meanwhile, guys like Obie Nwadike (12 points, 8 rebounds) and guards Ahmad Mosby and Sean McCurdy were playing well. Mosby and McCurdy combined to shoot 5-for-9 from downtown and finished with 13 and 10 points respectively. Syracuse-bound forward Terrance Roberts tossed in 14 and 6.
Over on the Hopkins side of the ledger, Kris Humphries finished with 17 points, but like the rest of his team, he struggled in doing so. Hopkins would shoot 9-for-21 from the line and just 39% from the field.
NOTES – Hopkins is a fine basketball team but they are thin in the backcourt, exactly the positions St. Anthony usually fills well. The Friars guard-oriented attack was one of the reasons for Hopkins' lackluster effort. … One of the game's highlights came when Humphries ran the floor to come from the blindside and swat away what looked to be a sure hoop by Roberts. … Hurley is 776-86 in 31 years at the St. Anthony's helm. …