It was late season and I had been putting the finishing touches on another ambitious college basketball season. I had been criss crossing the country, sleeping in airports and truck stops when I began to question my own motives and/or sanity for doing this. I wondered if there were others out there doing this sort of thing. There had to be, right? I just hadn't met them yet, I concluded. As conference tounaments began wrapping up I found my way here to this site and I felt sad that I had been late to the party, but excited for the future. As the offseason came I tried to catch up on as much as I could and I realized Kyle and I had crossed paths on many occasions in the past.
But as Lao Tzu taught:"all things change".
So now I'm standing on the campus of St. John's University in Queens, New York hoping I can contribute something worthwhile to the cause. It's game one of the season. I'm at the 2k Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs Cancer. Ironically, the thing i most want to see is a healthy, happy Steve Lavin on the sidelines. I've been to this venue several times before. It almost has a quaint feel for a major conference team, when the Red Storm aren't splitting time with Madison Square Garden. I arrived via public transportation like many students at this commuter school. The campus here is rather small. A college like George Mason easily dwarfs this campus in size. It makes me wonder, if there is such a thing as a mid-major in sheep's clothing.
William and Mary came to win tonight. From the onset they seemed more ready to start the season mostly because they have more returning parts. St John's is breaking in alot of new players. Having seen William and Mary play before I knew that they would be utilizing a three point happy offense. The kind of offense that can give anyone fits when they make their shots. The rest of the country is beggining to learn that the Colonial League is home to many dangerous teams. Lightly regard them at your own team's peril.
The Tribe came out shooting well. They controlled the tempo and led nearly the entire first half. I was starting to think that maybe I could see a red line upset tonight. Juco transfer Achiuwa looked good down low for the Johnnies. After the second half began I suspect that a whip-the-dog session occured in the locker room of St. John's because they came out to start the second half with such a stark difference in intensity. The Red Storm began to press more and play defense hard. This disrupted the Tribe's rhythm. William and Mary went cold from outside when they had a chance to get a shot off. The crowd came alive and the Red Storm ran away with the game winning by a comfortable margin.
I'm looking foward to coming back Wednesday when Lehigh comes to town for the next game. They have a more experienced team and highest returning scorer in Division I hoops if i'm not mistaken. After tonights performance St. John's should be the favorite though. After that game i'm not sure what my travel plans will be like yet so let me know what teams you would like me to cover and i'll do my best to accomodate them. We are in this together.
at SAINT JOHN'S 74, WILLIAM & MARY 59 11/07/2011
WILLIAM & MARY 0-1 (0-0) -- Q. McDowell 8-13 0-0 20; J. Boatner 4-12 0-0 12; F. Heldring 1-2 2-2 4; B. Britt 2-8 0-0 5; M. Thornton 1-5 2-2 5; K. Brown 3-3 0-0 6; M. Rum 3-5 0-0 7; A. Pavloff 0-0 0-0 0; T. Schalk 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-48 4-4 59. SAINT JOHN'S 1-0 (0-0) -- G. Achiuwa 6-11 5-7 17; M. Harkless 7-17 2-6 17; D. Harrison 5-11 2-3 14; N. Lindsey 8-12 3-8 19; S. Pointer 2-3 0-1 5; M. Stith 1-1 0-0 2; P. Greene 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 29-59 12-25 74.
Three-point goals: CWM 11-32 (Q. McDowell 4-8; M. Rum 1-3; J. Boatner 4-12; B. Britt 1-5; M. Thornton 1-4), STJ 4-15 (P. Greene 0-2; M. Harkless 1-3; N. Lindsey 0-2; D. Harrison 2-7; S. Pointer 1-1); Rebounds: CWM 29 (Q. McDowell 8), STJ 26 (G. Achiuwa 9); Assists: CWM 13 (K. Brown 4), STJ 13 (M. Harkless 4); Total Fouls -- CWM 19, STJ 12; Fouled Out: CWM-None; STJ-None.