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It was not always pretty, but win-loss records do not discriminate against ugly victories. The Wildcats defeated the Lumberjacks thanks to a stifling defensive effort that held their opponents to 40-percent shooting, including 31-percent in the first half.

The Wildcats took advantage of their speed and athleticism, forcing poor shots, forcing 17 turnovers, and blocking eight shots. "It all comes down to defense," sophomore David Hoskins said. "Coach really emphasizes defense and making sure these guys don't get easy shots."

Senior Dramane Diarra made his mark, and a poor basketball in Bramlage Coliseum suffered the consequences. Diarra swatted six shots, tying the single-game school record held by Tony Kitt, and may have left an imprint of his hand on the ball surface permanently. "It is about timing, moving, seeing the guy passing by your teammate, and when he comes to me, I don't try to force anything," Diarra said of his shot blocking philosophy. "I am just trying to get a clean block or a charge."

The Wildcats struggled with inconsistency on the offensive end, making poor decisions at times, and turning the ball over 18 times.

Cartier Martin once again led the Wildcats on the offensive end, scoring 24 points. "At times it looks like he's making all the big shots for us, he's making all the big free throws and he's getting all the big rebounds," Wooldridge said of Martin. "He's playing a ton of minutes and that's good to see out of him. He's playing awfully well."


Harris' struggles continue
Lance Harris continues to struggle in finding a groove. Harris scored ten points against the Lumberjacks, but shot just 33-percent from the field. Wooldridge said he expects Harris to escape his funk and put together some hot-shooting nights in the future.

Strong sixth man

He may not have been in the starting lineup, but David Hoskins played 23 minutes against the Lumberjacks, more than starters Clent Stewart and Akeem Wright. Hoskins led the Wildcats with eight rebounds and scored 16 points. Hoskins said he doesn't necessarily like coming off the bench, but added, "That's what is working for us right now. You can't fix it if it's not broken."

Player of the game

Ho-hum, it's Cartier Martin again. Martin is making 20-plus scoring nights seem normal, and is consistently on of the Wildcats' rebounding leaders. He played 36 minutes Saturday night, and shot 7-for-11 from the field. Thus far, it seems that no one has benefited from the Wildcats' new offense more than Martin.

Accolade of the game

Dramane Diarra showed the Wildcats can have and inside defensive presence. His six blocks not only tied the school record, but also matched the highest total the Wildcats had as a team last season. Just three games in, Wooldridge has not hesitated to adjust the rotation at the five spot to accommodate the player producing the most.

Play of the game

An alley-oop from Mario Taybron to David Hoskins somehow found it's way into the basket, even though Hoskins admitted the pass came later than he had expected. Hoskins caught the pass with his back to the basket, throwing it back over his head for a reverse dunk to complete the oop.

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