By DOUG EADS
Coming off a 31-point loss over the weekend at West Virginia Tech, the Campbellsville University-Somerset Tigers got well and got well in a hurry on Monday night at Somerset Christian School.
Al Gover’s club coming into the game with a 2-5 record, hosted Crown College out of Powell, Tennessee and rebounded big-time while making an emphatic statement.
CU-Somerset put six players in double figures, had 10 players to score, dished out 32 assists, and shot 52.2 percent from the field for the game, on its way to an impressive, 117-84 win over the Crusaders.
“We’ve been preaching to our guys as far assists go that we need at least 20 per game, and we had 14 tonight at halftime, however the problem was, we also had 14 turnovers,” stated Gover immediately following the game.
“At least we were looking for each other tonight, and did a better job of doing that,” continued the Tigers head coach. “We’ve come a ways as far as trying to play together, and we’re sharing the ball more. We’ve got some more to do, and defensively, we need to get better and take some pride in stopping people.”
In a high-scoring affair, about the only thing the Tigers didn’t do well early was protect the basketball, turning the ball over 14 times in the opening half of play.
Still, even with that, CU-Somerset led Crown College by a 56-42 margin at the intermission.
In the second half, that’s when the Tigers put this one away and put things on cruise control, and everybody got in on the act for Gover’s club.
Somerset only turned the ball over three times over the final 20 minutes of play, while dishing out 18 assists in the frame.
The Tigers dished out a season-high 32 assists in the game, led by center Deion Finnison who tallied seven assists in the contest for CU-Somerset.
Geordan Reed tried to keep the Crusaders in this one by scoring a game-high 32 points, but Gover and crew had too much fire power for Crown to get back into this one.
The Tigers placed six players in double figures, led by TJ Owes who scored 17 points in the win for CU-Somerset.
Kenyan McKee tallied 16 points, Trevon Cooper scored 15 points, Finnison and Kevin Cofer each added 14 points, and Malik Lovan notched 11 points on a night when CU-Somerset made 47-90 field goal attempts for 52.2 percent, while dishing out those 32 assists.
“We had six guys in double figures, and we did a great job of sharing the basketball with each other tonight,” pointed out Gover.
“We played against a lot of two-three zone tonight which we don’t see very often, and we had been working some against that, but we have some more work to do in that area as well,” Gover added.”Our kids knew what to do, but we did get stagnant at times. Any win is a good win, and we’ll take it and go to K-State (Kentucky State) tomorrow and see if we can get another one.
The Tigers returned to action on Tuesday afternoon at Kentucky State, and will return home next Monday night, December 2nd at Somerset Christian School to face Johnson Bible College at 7:30 p.m.
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