It’s back to the drawing board for the Crusaders after they suffered a pair of drubbings at the hands of non-conference NAIA opponents this past week, falling 100-58 to Grace College (Indiana) on Saturday, and 71-51 on Monday to Holy Cross-Notre Dame.
On Saturday night, the Crusaders went to Winona Lake, Indiana to take on Grace College. It was no contest. The Lakes outshot their opponents with 66 attempts from the floor, but failed to average even one point per attempt. They put Grace on the free throw line far too many times and gave away 29 points from the charity stripe, and missed over twenty three-point attempts. Needless to say, everyone was pretty glad to get on the bus and head home after a 100-58 thumping.
Monday night saw Great Lakes try for some redemption against Holy Cross-Notre Dame. The Lakes kept it close in the first half, grabbing the lead at the outset and trailing only 28-25 at the break. The floodgates broke in the second half, however. Holy Cross went on a 14-0 run in the middle of the period to stretch their advantage to 58-37 with less than nine to play. It was a deficit the Crusaders could not recover from, and they fell by the final score of 71-51.
“We’ve got two games to rest up before we go on a three-game road trip,” said head coach John Piercefield. “We’re going to get back to the basics. We’re going to get back to the box out. We’re going to get back to pushing guys out and down on defence, and then (we will) let the offence take care of the offence. Right now we’re just getting frustrated because we can’t shoot anything and make it.”
Game Notes: Garrett Abner (hamstring) and Troy Aubrey (hip) did not dress for either of the last two games. They are both questionable for this weekend’s games.
Up Next: As Piercefield mentioned, the Lakes are on a three-game road trip this weekend, starting on Thursday the 7th, against another NAIA opponent, Bethel College. Then it’s off to Huntington College to participate in the Huntington tournament.