The student section was fairly full and active, which was good to see. It was a game of runs, but the home team led from start to finish. It was good to see Valpo rebound from a resounding defeat at Loyola.
With Erica, kids sledding.
First visit to Gentile. Very impressed with the venue from a home court advantage perspective. When the Ramblers are good, the place is very intimidating. Nosebleed seats still give a very good view of the floor. Ran into a good friend and fellow mid-majority traveller before and after the game.
SIU is a dangerous team - when they want to be. That seems to be the struggle. There were at least a few SIU fans near me who were calling for Barry Hinson's head on a platter. I'm guessing he's used to that. Don't be sloppy with the ball around Valpo's guards, they'll pounce and get a breakaway. SIU fans stand until their team scores, just like a lot of teams, but they also rhythmically clap while they wait. There seem to be lot of older fans at SIU, and it appears to me that the older you are, the less you argue with the refs.
First ever Valpo blowout at JQH that I've ever witnessed. Jay Sorolla finally found his mojo on the offensive end. Ryan Fazekis continues to be hot. Hosts cut 22pt halftime deficit to 13 and almost to 10, but Valpo responded nicely with 2 quick 3s. Really impressive recovery to maintain their dominance. MSU is down a couple of key contributors.
Only 31 total turnovers - seemed more like 50. It could be fairly argued that neither team really deserved to win. Some of the turnovers came on back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-ad-infinitum possessions. Not a good game, but certainly anything but a boring game. At turns it was downright exciting and hilariously frustrating. And hey, a half-court buzzer beater for the win!
3 technical fouls in opening minutes (2 offsetting, one for excessive hanging on rim after slam dunk). Appeared to be just what the doctor ordered for the hosts who have played listlessly recently at home.
A very frustrating game. Ball State started off cold from the field, and occasionally sloppy with the ball, but for the most part they looked very disciplined and in sync with each other. The Home team stayed in it with some good plays and the good fortune of fouling a poor free throw shooter, but mostly looked out of sync and disorganized.
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