Men’s basketball struggles offensively in loss at home

February 18, 2012 4:34 PM 0 comments Views: 53

Contributing Writer

Senior James Ness scored 12 points in Saturday’s matchup, shooting 5-15 from the floor. AJ CROFFORD/THE CAMPUS

In a game with six lead changes and a tied score nine times, the Gators dropped their third consecutive game on Saturday to Denison.

The Bid Red left Meadville with a 68-65 victory. Head Coach Jim Driggs believes his squad was outplayed.

“They were able to out-execute us down the stretch,” said Driggs. “They exposed a few of our weaknesses.”

The Gators won the tipoff that was followed by several lead exchanges in the first half. The largest deficit saw Allegheny down by eight, but they battled back to come within five at the half. Turnovers marred the offensive possessions and contributed to the deficit.

“I don’t think we necessarily played bad,” said guard Devone McLeod, ’13. “I think that we just didn’t execute.”

The Gators tied it up at 33 in the second half with 17:55 remaining. At 14:52 in the half, Allegheny took a 43-33 lead.

“Shots that weren’t falling the first half started falling the second half,” McLeod said.

After the Allegheny run, Dennison responded by calling a timeout and pulling all five starters. This risky strategy paid off as the Big Red bounced back to a 50-47 lead.

“We got a lead. It looked like we were going to pull away,” said John O’Donnell, ’14. “You know they came back and made a nice run. They executed more down the stretch then we did.”

It came down to the final seconds and the Big Red’s shots were falling. Denison’s 18 offensive rebounds proved an advantage, with the Gators grabbing only seven.

“Ultimately, you give up 18 offensive rebound, it’s tough, tough to win,” Driggs said. “Especially in a close ball game.”

This loss puts pressure on the Gators going into their final two games against Wooster and Kenyon.

“We dropped a huge game and now we need to win two in a row,” said senior forward James Ness. “We’re not in a great spot.”

As for preparation for the final games, Coach Driggs doesn’t intend to change anything specific.

“Things don’t change,” Driggs said. “We just go about our business and prepare like any other game after we know we need to win, two [wins] would probably be nice.”

The Gators travelled to Wooster on Wednesday for a game at 8 p.m. where they fell to the Fighting Scots, 91-61. They will play their last game of the season Saturday at home against Kenyon at 3 p.m.

Other News

  • Featured Features Playshop ends year with School For Lies

    Playshop ends year with School For Lies

    By CHRISTINA BRYSON Junior Editor The Allegheny College Playshop Theatre will present School for Lies, written by David Ives and adapted from The Misanthrope by Molière, April 24 through 27. Director Mark Cosdon admires Molière’s work and his comic style. “Molière devised a comic style that was brilliantly cutting and satiric and contemporary, skewering all who feel victim to his poison pen,” wrote Cosdon in a director’s note. The play runs for two hours with a 15 minute intermission [...]

    Read more →
  • Science

    This Week in Science 4-25-14

    By Amanda Spadaro Science Editor Scientists have now determined when they believe that the sex chromosomes in humans appeared, approximately 180 million years ago. While there are obvious biological differences between the sexes, they are all dependent on the presence of the Y chromosome, which is what determines maleness. Researchers initially believed that the Y chromosome evolved from the X chromosome, but current research suggests that these sex genes appeared because of changes in global temperature. University of Lausanne’s [...]

    Read more →
  • Science

    Just for the health of it Columnist: Fitness is a battle of you versus you

    By GAVIN NIRMAIER Columnist   This week, I have witnessed many acts of poor gym etiquette at the Wise Center. I do not know any of the offenders personally, nor am I condemning those people for their actions. Simply, I felt that this is a topic that may not be familiar to people, and would like to take this opportunity to attempt to educate the Allegheny community about proper gym etiquette. At a public gym like the Wise Center, [...]

    Read more →
  • Opinion

    The power of photos

    By CAITIE MCMEKIN Photo Editor   I came to Allegheny College with a passion for photography and was at first unsure of how I would go about pursuing it. When I saw The Campus as an outlet for that passion, I was drawn to telling a story with my photos. When I first saw my photos in print, it was awesome, but it was more than that. Working with such a close-knit staff that became some of my closest [...]

    Read more →
  • Opinion

    ReproCo: Just the Tips Surviving long distance

    By CASANDRA DELLAS Contributing Writer   As the school year winds down, many couples are now facing the problem: what do we do during the summer? When the ability to see your significant other goes from walking across the quad, to driving/flying across the states (or seas!), summer can seem quite daunting. This time can also be difficult because couples are unable to be intimate with one another for extended periods of time. So this week’s Just the Tips [...]

    Read more →
  • Opinion

    Senior Column: Pat Jameson

    By Pat Jameson Sports Editor I joined the editorial staff fairly late in my career at Allegheny College. After basically ghost writing for two years, I became Sports Editor during this fall and quickly realized how woefully unprepared I was for the insane atmosphere of the newsroom. Everything from impending deadlines, flaring tempers and unruly technology were an everyday occurrence in our cramped closet, I mean office. However, despite the psychotic nature of our small news “family,” my colleagues at [...]

    Read more →
  • Opinion

    Egyptian scholar reflects on experience

    By REEM ABOU ELENAIN Copy Editor   “What made you choose Allegheny College?” people would ask me. Well, I did not choose Allegheny College; it chose me. I came to the United States and to Allegheny College as a part of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program (FLTA). I started filling in the application back in April 2012 thinking that I would never be selected. Sixteen months later, I was sitting in the Pittsburgh airport waiting to be [...]

    Read more →
  • Opinion

    Editor-in-chief bids farewell

    By COLLEEN PEGHER Editor-in-Chief   From the time I was about 12 years old, I wanted to be a sports journalist. Every day, I would come home from school and turn on ESPN to watch “Around the Horn.” I loved watching sports writers like Bill Plaschke, Woody Paige and Bob Ryan debate about the latest sports news, and I idolized Jackie MacMullan, one of only two women to appear on the show’s panel. I wanted so much to be [...]

    Read more →