As this tournament ends, I believe the Vikings can hold their heads high. They came into it after a loss against a vastly superior UCLA team, and their was little way to gauge their chances this season. I felt that some games against some teams more at their level could do that. PSU really showed some good teamwork, and was able to pull out two difficult games against teams that were probably favored. They ended up losing by one point to a team that was probably the favorite going in, so they can’t feel too bad.
As I didn’t listen to this game live, I’m not sure I can give a proper perspective to it, but I’ll try. The Viks appeared to again be the more talented overall team, and through the first half held a seven point lead. However, the lead, which had been as high as seven, proved not to be enough as the Vikings lost the game in the last minute.
As far as stats go, this was a great game. Neither team shot the lights out, but both hit a good percentage. The teams were basically even in almost every statistical category except free throws, and this one really could have gone either way. Ken Bone knows that he’s really going to need to make the guys work at the free throw line, as that cost them tonight, and could have cost them against Akron as well. 64% isn’t going to win the tough games. Against Linfield maybe, but after that, they’ll have to get their act together.
All of the Viks’ players have now had solid offensive games, so they should head into the rest of the season with confidence in that regard. So, although it’s tough to stomach a loss in a game the team really should have won, they know they can compete against some good teams, and make a run at the Big Sky crown. We can all take solace in Ian Ruder’s points today, especially the one about Weber State.
Good photos of the game available at: http://csurams.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/111907aab.html#
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