as he showed a lot of rust with 4 turnovers in the first half.
But Craig Moore started hitting 3 pointers, and Coble kept making freethrows. Vince Scott chipped in 12 points and NU held on to win in overtime, 77 - 75.
Moore was the leading scorer with 26 including 6 for 9 from the arc, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Coble was 9 of 10 from the freethrow line, and added 14 more from the floor to go with his 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Once he got going, only his 7 turnovers cast a shadow on his game tonight.
Sterling Williams still scored 7 while playing most of the game in foul trouble. He also finished with 4 rebounds and tipped several passes that didn't result in turnovers. Tim Doyle scored 5 points, an off night for him, but also had 3 rebounds, and 6 assists. Scott also had 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
After the game, Dave Eanet noted that the Cats have been winning close contests and asked if winning those games help the team maintain their poise;
Bill Carmody: I don't know if we kept our poise to tell you the truth. I thought we had them in regulation, then we turned the ball over - Timmy, Kevin one time - but we managed to have enough to hang on .3 Broncos shot in double figures, Derek Fracalossi, Joe Reitz and David Kool. All 11 Broncos who played scored at least 2 - including 24-51 from the floor and 11 of 27 from the arc. They also pulled down 36 rebounds, 14 on offense and got 35 points from their bench.
It seemed like we made our foul shots in the second half there - a little bit in the last 10 minutes but that changed the play down the road a lot and its a good team.
Its a very solid team and so I just thought it was a hard fought game - not pretty, but just hard fought.
16 Wildcat turnovers didn't help either.
One bright spot was the play of freshman forward Kevin Coble, who hit 9 of 10 freethrows, including 8 in a row.
BC: Yeah, he's a good player, he came through when we needed him tonight - he and Craig - it seemed like that was our whole offense most of the evening.Coach Carmody was asked what he said to Vince Scott at the half, since Scott was almost all zeros at the break, but came back with 12 points and 5 rebounds.....
They both made big shots but we turned the ball over.
We were averaging about 8 or 9 turnovers and we had to have 15 tonight [actually 16] and at bad times.
We were just fortunate there wasn't another second on there because there's another second that guy [WMU's Michael Redell who missed a 3 pointer at the buzzer] and he's knocking it down.
BC: I don't know. I noticed we weren't getting too many rebounds down there - he might have had a great second half but he's doing OK.Dave Kaplan also talked a bit about the play of Sterling Williams, who tipped a lot of balls early and seemed to play with more energy tonight...
He's running the offense pretty nicely, that's the most important thing and you're right, in the second half he hit some big shots [2 three pointers] so he got us going but he tired - coming out of exams - bad scheduling on my part - and when I put Ivan [Tolic] in there he just wasn't effective so I had to play that many minutes for Vince.
I prefer to play him 25 to 27 minutes which we've been doing but that wasn't to be tonight [Scott played 37 mins]
BC: Sterling has been pretty solid. He's been playing with a bum leg and yesterday in practice and Thursday in practice he seemed a lot quicker and was more active. I thought he did a pretty good job in there.Now its time to take on Div III Wheaton next Thursday before they head to Puerto Rico and the San Juan Shootout. The Cats have had a good home run. So how important is keeping that going?
BC: We're playing Wheaton, and I saw where they made 15 threes the other day, scored 120 points, you know, please.David Fracalossi led the Broncos with 14 points and 6 rebounds. WMU out rebounded the Cats 36 to 28
And then we go to Puerto Rico and its a big tournament . We're playing Tennessee Tech the first night. They beat Bradley pretty easily and Vanderbilt's in there and Utah and Virginia so its going to give us a good test and it'll be a neutral court for most of the games so ...
You know the guys have to learn to play away from the friendly confines
Bill Carmody's Post Game comments [in italics] are taken from the WGN Post Game Show
-- are based on questions from Dave Eanet & Dave Kaplan and may have been edited for clarity.
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