A win is a win...thoughts from a night at Georgia Tech
Road game for the team but a rare "home" game for those of us BC fans based in Atlanta. Most of us hadn't seen a basketball win in person in quite a while so this was nice relief. My pictures are below. I apologize for the lack of action shots...it is always a little tough with basketball. One other note before I get into analysis: we are not the only ACC team with attendance issues. I would say the building was half full. I know Georgia Tech is struggling, but this was a conference game with a reasonable start time and they did not have a big turnout. Even the student section was half filled. BC fans have issues, but we are not alone in our attendance woes.
Thoughts on the game
Strange game that left me wonder how did we win? I thought BC outplayed Georgia Tech in the first half...only to trail. BC started to pull away in the second half...only to collapse. BC went into OT without three starters...and pulled out the win. At the end of the day, BC got lucky. To play so poorly during the final five minutes and still win was a nice break. Maybe this will be the turning point.
-- Dunn's contributions. Dunn is not a star and probably will never be a starter, but he acquitted himself well as our other big men started fouling out. He played conservatively and got a few nice rebounds. We needed him tonight and he didn't do anything to hurt the team.
-- Reggie Jackson overcoming mistakes. The nice thing about sitting close is picking up on things you don't see on TV. Jackson was beating himself up when his turnover led to Georgia Tech taking the lead late in the game. Al sent him to the bench. Yet he didn't sulk and was itching to get back on the floor. When Sanders fouled out, he had his chance and played well in OT.
-- Sanders' shooting. He still makes me cringe with some of his shot selections, but he deserves credit for when they fall. I'd still like him to hit the boards a bit harder.
-- Handling the press. Earlier in the year, the team broke the press with ease. Losing Trapani hurt tonight since he's a tall guy for who can catch the midcourt pass and he makes good passes.
-- Dumb fouls. I don't think the refs helped but these guys have to be more careful. Sanders' final foul was dumb and so was Southern's.
-- Offensive rebounds. With Raji fighting through his injury and Southern in foul trouble we didn't get many second chance opportunities. Other guys need to step up on the glass.
Winning a game you should have lost is always a good thing. I hope it serves as a sign that things are turning around. NC State is up next. That game is winnable. Now let's hope the guys can play a complete game.