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Colgate 74, EMU 70 recap

December 2, 2011

Well, I had a feeling before the game that Colgate was going to be a much tougher opponent than a lot of people expected. As I mentioned last night, they have three guards who shoot well from outside (Pat Moore, Mitch Rolls, and Mike Venezia), which spells trouble for a team running primarily a zone defense. And the Raiders did shoot well last night. Moore hit 6 for 6 (2 were behind the arc) for 14 points, all in the first half (after 19 first-half minutes he only played 4 minutes in the second half, subbing in and out several times). Meanwhile Venezia came on strong in the second half to finish with 19 points, making 3 of 5 three-pointers and 10 of 11 free throws. As a team the Raiders hit 43% of their three-pointers and 62% of their 2-pointers. By comparison, EMU made a respectable 51% of two-point shots, but just 17% of three-point attempts.

Obviously I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Darrell Lampley’s performance. Obviously scoring 37 points is huge, and doing it just two days after managing 19 against one of the top teams in the country tells us that it wasn’t a total fluke. The problem with last night’s performance offensively was all the bricks Lampley, Sims, and Green tossed up from outside the arc; collectively the three made just 4 of 21 three-point attempts. They would have done much better to feed more of those in to Balkema, Janton, Harris, or Strickland, or to have driven to the basket. I will credit the team with not giving up; after trailing by as much as 13 points late in the second half, they powered back (16 points from Lampley in the final 7:43) to within three points in the final seconds of the game.

After playing three games in five days, two on the road, two against ranked opponents, EMU now gets a much-needed week off from competition, before they continue their nine-game road trip with another tough game next Thursday at Drake.

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