January 1, 2015
62-50 over Memphis. They were all over Andy all night long. They got in foul trouble but he did, too. He wound up with 12 and 8. Kori led us with 21, 7, 5, 4 steals. Keb and Ted had 9 each. +5 TOs, and a good win over a tough team.
This week we’re at 7-5, 1-0 SMU, and then we host 8-4, 1-0 Winthrop.
Sing came to me yesterday, concerned that Papa Joe is working too hard.
“He does not get enough sleep. He comes to bed and an hour or two later he is up and downstairs on the computer. If I go to him and ask him to return to bed he tells me he will be there soon. I fall asleep and when I wake later he is still downstairs. He is 65 years old and he looks tired all the time.”
She asked me to speak with him. I will, as soon as I can.
Mai is doing great with the people she works with here. She is the director of the research team and they are doing some very impressive things. She and I have a great relationship. We’ve been married for nearly 16 years, amazing as it sounds, and we still get along wonderfully well. We don’t spend as much time together as we like but that’s my only complaint about the marriage.
We beat SMU, there, 66-55. They controlled the first 14-15 minutes building an 11 point lead. We chipped away and led by 1 at the half. The 2nd half was all ours. 22, 6 for Andy, 13, 6, 10 for Kori, and great work by the subs. 13 TOs, 41 RBs.
Then we came home and beat Winthrop 66-52. We led this one all the way after the first 2-3 minutes. 19, 6 for Andy, 15, 2, 2 for Mo, solid play by all 8 who got into the game. 9 TOs. -6 on the boards but it didn’t matter.
We’re 11-3, 3-0, and the only undefeated team in conf. Ranked #5, RPI 3.
This week it’s on the road with SO. FL, 4-10, 1-2, and then home with Central FL, 8-6, 0-3.
I spoke with Papa Joe. He seems to have lost his center. He is definitely working too hard. He can’t seem to let go regarding the sufferings of hungry and homeless people.
“No matter what we do there are still people starving, and still people suffering, and sometimes dying in the cold.”
“Papa Joe, you are helping millions-”
“Yes, I know but-”
“No, listen to me! You are probably doing more than anyone in history ever has. In time you will reduce the numbers of hungry and homeless people to a small percent of what it is now. It takes time.”
“A starving person has no time.”
We talked for a long time. At some point Lili joined us and we started brainstorming ideas. We decided after much discussion that went way past Lili’s supposed bedtime, that we would make a massive effort to get organizations, businesses large and small, and individuals to join the fight. Then the best idea of all. Lili would do the ads. She’s 12 ½ but small for her age, and beautiful, if I do say so. She has a great voice and a wonderful presence. Papa Joe thought the ads could be done and the organizational stuff put in place within a month, since much of it was already in place. The goal would be to at least double the amount of available funds. We wanted donations, either for immediate use or for an annuity type fund which would only spend the interest and dividends. That would keep the effort ongoing. This would be in conjunction with the fight against hunger, which would remain as the first priority, but funds would also be used to provide shelters in bad weather, and to educate people in how to grow their own food, in areas where that was feasible. It was quite a conversation!
Another 2 win week. 59-41 at SO. FL. 28, 10 for Andy Ayg, 12 RBs for Keb Cobb, 42 RBs. I didn’t like 19 TOs though.
Central FL gave us a battle here at home. We took control in the 2nd half and won 70-59. 14, 9, 2 for Andy, 12, 10, 4 for Keb, 13, 3, 4 for Kori, 15 for Em Ecks from the bench. 13 TOs.
1 game up on Winthrop, 2 or more on the rest.
This week it’s 11-5, 3-2 Tulsa there, and 6-10, 2-3 GA SO. here.
1st loss in conf. Tulsa beat us 55-57 there. We got down by as much as 17 in the 1st half and went in down 14. We chipped away all through the 2nd, even taking the lead three tyimes, but in the end we came up just a bit short. They hit 8 threes we hit 4, and that was the difference. Andy had 21, 13, 3, 2, 2. +5 TOs, -3 RBs. Their bench had 23 and ours 5.
We came home and won easily over GA Southern, 75-57. 24, 13, 2, 3 for Sndy, 14, 6, 4 for Kori, 11, 5, 2 for Khal Green. 7 TOs, 34 RBs.
We hold a 1 game lead over UConn, Tulsa, and Winthrop.
This week we’re at 11-7, 3-4 Cincinnati, and home with 13-6, 5-2 UConn.
We beat Cincy 75-59 there. 20, 2, 5 for Em Ecks from the bench, 16, 10 for Andy, 8, 7 for Ted. The bench came up big for us. 42 RBs but 17 TOs.
Then we came home and lost to #19 UConn, 72-80. They destroyed us in the 1st half, 30-55. It was embarrassing. We tried to come back in the 2nd, and outscored them 42-25, but the mountain was too high. We gave up 16 threes, 11 in the 1st half. 25, 7 for Andy, 12, 6, 3 for Ted, 10, 4, 6, 2 for Ted, but those threes did us in. Even in TOs, -5 in RBs.
We still lead the conf. by 1 game over UConn and Tulsa.
This week we start at 13-9, 5-4 Houston and then host 13-7, 5-4 Tulane. No slouches this week!
We lost at Houston, 65-72. Foul trouble in the 2nd half limited our effectiveness. Sometimes the bench steps up but not this night. It’s hard to point to a factor as being crucial. Poor free throw shooting, 16-31, and poor three point shooting, 3-15, were as big as anything else.
We beat Tulane, here, 74-49. 25, 14, 2 for Andy, 6 TOs, 42 RBs. We’re 12-1 at home and 4-5 on the road and that says a great deal.
3 way tie for first with Tulsa and UConn, 2 or more ahead of the rest. #8, RPI #6.
This week we’re at 15-8, 6-5 Memphis in what looks to be a tough game, and then at home with 9-13, 3-8 SMU.
4th 1-1 week in a row.
Memphis embarrassed us, 53-71. Andy had 18, Em had 13. 18 TOs and -17 RBs. Ugh, the less said the better. We have got to start winning on the road.
Home is not a problem, we beat SMU 68-38. 18, 7 for Andy, 13, 5, 4 for Kori, good numbers for everyone else. 11 TOs, 34 RBs. We are two different teams. Can’t do wrong at home, can’t do right on the road.
This week we’re at 13-11, 6-7 Winthrop and it really is a must win game. Then home with 6-18, 3-10 South Florida.
The response to Lili’s ads, which started running a week ago has been phenomenal. Some giant corporations have pledged millions, and smaller companies and individuals have been more than generous. Papa Joe thinks this may be the last winter when anyone freezes to death in the U. S., and he will bring the program to other cold weather countries where the governments do not take care of people in need.
Yet another 1-1 week due to a loss on the road where we are now 4-7. 81-85 in OT at Winthrop. They scored the last 5 in regulation, including a three at the buzzer. 33, 10, 2 for Andy, 18, 4, 9 for Kori. +2 TOs, +5 RBs. Not many teams have beaten us inside but they did.
Then we won easily at home, 58-42 over SO FL. 16, 6, 2 for Andy and help from everyone else. +9 TOs.
One more regular season game, on the road at Central FL.
We won a road game! 58-46 over Central FL. 19, 5, 4 for Andy, 11 TOs, 40 RBs.
We end the regular season in 2nd place, 1 back of UConn, 19-8, 11-5, #11, RPI #6.