By Jeff Fasoldt, @Jeff_Fasoldt
Wright Buckets: Senior guard Matthew Wright, typically known as a 3-point shooter, scored a career-high 27 points—all of which came from inside the arc.
Second-half Domination: The Bonnies outscored the Golden Griffins 44-29 in the second half. They shot 64.5 percent from the field while holding the Griffins to 35.5.
Youssou Takes Flight: 7’0” junior center Youssou Ndoye, had a ridiculous put-back slam off of a missed three by Matt Wright in the opening minutes of the game. The dunk gave the Bonnies enormous momentum going forward. Ndoye also racked up 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Owning the Paint: The Bonnies outscored the Griffins 56-30 in the paint, while scoring a season-high 86 points overall. The most impressive part of this may be that the Bonnies made just one 3-pointer the entire game.
Sharing is key: The Bonnies played very unselfishly and had six players with two assists or more. Also seven players racked up points.
Bonnies better athletes: Even coach Jim Baron admitted it was true. While dominating in the paint, the Bonnies also led 14-4 in fast break points. These fast breaks led to many electrifying dunks, which motivated the crowd who cheered the Bonnies on to 3-0 for the first time since 2000.
Key Postgame Quotes:
Coach Baron: “There point guard is playing with so much confidence. They seem a lot more focused (then last year). They’re a good team with lots of athleticism.”
Billy Baron: “They guard the ball-screen really well especially with the big guy (Ndoye); he’s big but he’s also deceptive, he can move.”
Coach Schmidt: “We defended really well, we rebounded exceptionally, and we did a decent job of not turning over the ball”
Coach Schmidt: “It’s hard to beat us when we have a crowd in the student section like that”
Coach Schmidt: “We wanted to play up-tempo, we thought we had the better athletes.”
Coach Schmidt: “Now we have to go on the road. It’s a whole different animal that we have to deal with on Tuesday.”