Fifth straight win for men’s basketball
Sunday afternoon’s 92-80 victory over the University of Central Oklahoma was the Hornets’ fifth straight win, which improved their overall record to 14-6 and a 7-3 record in the MIAA.
The Hornets shot 63 percent from the floor going 37-58 from the field. This was due in large part to UCO putting on a half court-trapping defense, which the Hornets dismantled throughout both halves, making it easy to get shots at the rim.
Shaun Vandiver, head coach, said he was very pleased with his group’s shot selection. He mentioned after the game that he knew his guys were going to get something thrown their way in terms of a trapping defense.
“We knew Terry was going to throw something at us whether it be a three-fourths court run and jump, a half-court run and jump or a full court run and jump,” Vandiver said. “We knew he was going to throw something at us, so we worked on our press break and getting the ball to the middle of floor and making them pay for the pressure. We had good shot selection. We worked on getting the side-to-side and in the paint. We outscored them, 62-32, in the paint, and that’s always what we want.”
UCO attempted to make a late game rally when they cut the ESU lead to only 4 with 7:33 remaining, 66-62. For the next 2 minutes, the Hornets widened the gap to 9. Just before the final media timeout, Terrence Moore, sophomore guard, went in for a lay-up and was fouled hard, which the officials ruled an intentional foul.
Moore’s foul gave the Hornets two free throws and possession of the ball coming out of the timeout. Moore was able to sink both free throws. ESU then dominated the final stanza, going on a 10-0 run. This run gave the men a comfortable 85-66 lead going into the last couple of minutes.
“Every shot is important, you know, but with that shot I was just happy to get the layup to go and my two free throws afterwards,” Moore, a physical education major, said.
Kaleb Wright, senior forward, poured in an unbelievable 32 points, along with 7 rebounds, for the night and has been the Hornets top scorer all season.
“We called timeout early, and Coach V just told us to settle down and handle it,” Wright, health promotions major, said. “We got under control after that.”
After Sunday’s game, beating UCO was no pressure for the Hornets. The Hornets travel to Hays today to take on the Fort Hays State Tigers.