After the first two games of
"We defended for 40 minutes tonight," said Greg McDermott after the game. "They just didn't have many open looks at the basket."
Along with holding the Warhawks to 27% shooting on the game, the Cyclones out-rebounded their opponent 48 to 27.
"Defense and rebounding is going to give us a chance," McDermott said.
McDermott was vocal about how disappointed he was in his team after last night's ugly win against UC Riverside. Tonight however, the word McDermott used was "proud."
"I'm really proud of our guys," McDermott said. "I was really hard on them last night after that game."
So what did McDermott do to teach his team after last night's game? He took 45 minutes out of the day and actually showed his players what they were doing wrong by watching themselves on tape. Obviously, it worked.
"We had to come out with more energy and intensity," said Wesley Johnson after the game. "We took away the middle."
Not only did the
"We're moving in the right direction. We're learning how we can score down there," McDermott said.
Positives from Saturday
The Cyclones Found a Scorer
Leading the Cyclones in scoring
for the second night in a row was junior guard Mike Taylor, who had 15 points
and six rebounds on the night. Joining
Rahshon – The Intangibles Man
Jessan Gray Can Only Get Better
How's this for a stat line: In
only 12 minutes of play,
Greg McDermott pointed out that it's conditioning.
"He's a skilled young guy," McDermott said about Gray. "How he's making shots with that wrist I'm not sure."
McDermott also added that his playing time will increase as soon as he's in good enough shape.
Cyclone center Ross Marsden has been extremely quiet so far in 2006, that is until tonight when Marsden knocked down the first three of his career in the first half.
"Ross is leading the country in 3-point percentage and it's probably going to stay that way," McDermott joked after the game.
The Cyclones will play their last
game of the Cyclone Challenge tomorrow at 2:30 against