Season 6, Games 24-29
Game #24 vs Tulane Green Wave (7-14, 5-7): Late in the half we pulled away and finished the half with a 45-28 lead. We then destroyed Tulane in the 2nd half opening a 38 point lead before finishing with an 89-62 victory. PG Morris Wolfe dropped in 21 points plus dished out 8 assists. SG Isaac Wright added 13, SF John Jones scored 12, C Kelvin Ross put in 11, and PF Angelo Craft scored 10. (24-0, 13-0, 1st place)
Game #25 vs Temple Owls (16-7, 9-4): Neither team could gain an advantage in the first 10 minutes of the 1st half, but then we caught fire and pulled away to lead 47-27 at the half. We continued our dominance in the 2nd half and finished by trimming the Owls 80-56. SG Roy Field and C Kelvin Ross both scored 16 points. (25-0, 14-0, 1st place; Ranked 1st in the polls; RPI: 2)
Game #26 @ #3 Connecticut Huskies (23-3, 12-2): OK, this definitely will be our biggest test thus far this year! Our undefeated record is really on the line for this one. Whereas we beat them on our court earlier this year, the Huskies have won all 8 of their games since. They have 3 players averaging in double figures: PG Jabari Younger with 14.3 ppg, SG Bobby Harris at 12.3 ppg, and SF Byron Thompson with 13.2 ppg and all 3 fire away from outside and hit at a high percentage. And they have some strong perimeter subs as well. Early we fell behind 7-3 but then went on a run to go ahead 17-9. Then UCONN scored 7 straight points to pull within a single point. But at that point we clamped down defensively and shot out to a 34-18 lead with 3 minutes to go in the half. By the end of the half we held a 40-26 lead and had held the Huskies shooting to 36% while forcing them into 12 turnovers. When SF John Jones got into foul trouble, Julian Blevins replaced him and led our scoring with 10 points. Our guards carried us early in the 2nd half and we led by 20 at 57-31 with 13 minutes left in the game. Connecticut fought to come back to finish but we effectively countered their every effort to finish with a big-time 79-57 win. SG Isaac Wright had a huge 2nd half to finish with 28 points and 8 rebounds. PG Morris Wolfe also came on strong in the 2nd half to end with 16 points, 5 assists, and 9 rebounds. PF Angelo Craft scored 11 and SF Julian Blevins had 10. (26-0, 15-0, 1st place)
Game #27 vs Houston Cougars (11-13, 9-6): We scored the first 9 points of the game and never looked back. At the half we were on top 52-26. We continued our dominance in the 2nd half and smashed the Cougars 87-59. PF Angelo Craft led our scoring with 18 points, PG Morris Wolfe scored 15 plus dished out 7 assists and SG Isaac Wright dropped in 14 points. Houston’s center Elton Ruddock scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. (27-0, 16-0, 1st place; Ranked #1 in the polls; RPI: 2)
Award: SG Isaac Wright, AAC Freshman Player of the Week.
Game #28 @ Central Florida Knights (16-9, 10-6): Central Florida has been streaky this year, but when they get onto one of their win streaks they are super tough. The entire first half was extremely close. At the break we led 30-26. We fell behind by 8 points early in the 2nd half. With 4-1/2 minutes the score was tied at 58-58. Central Florida recaptured the lead but with 17 seconds the game was tied at 65-65. We had control of the ball and played it down to 8 seconds and were just about to call a time out to set up a play, but Angelo Craft got fouled. Craft missed both shots, but Julian Grant muscled the rebound, and worked his way around his defender to slam home a dunk with 3 seconds remaining. Our full court press kept the Knights from getting out of the back court and we escaped to live another day by edging Central Florida 67-65. PG Morris Wolfe scored 13 points and PF Angelo Craft added 10. Central Florida’s SF Keiron Lewis led all scorers with 20 points. (28-0, 17-0, 1st place)
Injury: SG Roy Field took a finger in the eye and sat out the entire 2nd half, but will be ready for our next game.
Game #29 vs Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (4-20, 3-14): We were unable to shake Tulsa for most of the first half, but pulled away in the final 5 minutes to take a 33-23 lead to the locker room. After 5 minutes of play in the 2nd half, we led by 21 points. We steamrolled the Golden Hurricanes 91-56. PG Morris Wolfe scored 16 and handed out 8 assists, while SG’s Isaac Wright and Roy Field both scored 15. SF John Jones scored 11 and C Jules Grant in his final home game scored 10. (29-0, 18-0, 1st place; Ranked 1st in the polls; RPI: 1)