NSU men’s basketball breaks records and beats Bacone 107-49
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NSU men’s basketball breaks records and beats Bacone 107-49


Ebba Moberg

TNE Writer

The RiverHawks broke the 100-point threshold for the first time since the start of the 2013-14 season as they played Bacone at home last Tuesday night. The men also beat the NSU Event Center’s scoring record by five to move to 4-2 this season. The last time Bacone faced NSU was during the 2016 season, where the Warriors beat the RiverHawks on their home court with 68-66.

“We do not pay attention to records like that,” said NSU head coach Mark Downey. “We just

try to organize offensively and execute on both ends of the floor. It is nice to know though

that we are capable of that kind of offensive explosion.”

All 11 suited players had a hand in the scoring frenzy with six hitting double-figures. NSU juniors Aaron Givens and Josh Ihek both recorded double-doubles in points and rebounds, with the RiverHawks out-rebounding the Warriors 56-to-26. Givens scored 12 and had ten boards, while Ihek had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Tuesday evening is the first time since 2010 that the RiverHawks had two players with a double-double.

“I really enjoyed the way the team and I moved the ball back and forth across the mid line to

get people open shots,” said Ihek. “I will try to bring the same intensity on the game on

Wednesday, as well as going forward in the season.”

Junior Montrey Thomas Jr. paced the RiverHawks with 14 points and eight rebounds. Senior D’Angelo Jackson put up 12 and junior Caleb Smith added 11 points. In his second game of

the season, redshirt sophomore Michael Bowers landed ten points off the bench. The

RiverHawks finished the evening shooting 55.4 percent and made 41 of their 74 shots, and

made a season-high 12 three-pointers.

“We did pretty well sharing the ball first off and that is what got us going,” said D’Angelo

Jackson, senior guard. “We need to work on taking care the ball and finding ways on how to

execute when it really matters. Going forward, we are just staying focused possession by

possession and getting ready for our conference games next week.”

The turning point came as early as five minutes into the game. Trailing Bacone 9-6, the RiverHawks dropped ten straight on the Warriors and never looked back. The RiverHawks turned that momentum into a 49-13 run heading into halftime. Bacone counted the contest as an exhibition and shot 29-percent with Ulandus Jones as their leading scorer with nine points.

“I was pleased with the way we attacked the Bacone game mentally,” said Downey. “It is

easy to make immature plays in a game like that, but we shared the ball and executed on both

ends of the floor. It also allowed us to get everyone some good minutes and some confidence

going forward.”

The RiverHawks will be playing on the road for the next four games and will not play at home until the new year. NSU men’s basketball’s upcoming game will be the first conference game of the season, played at 7:30 p.m., on Wed., Dec. 5 at Pittsburg State. NSU has not defeated Pitt. State since the 2012-2013 season, but both the team and coaching staff is determined to break that streak.

“I really like coaching this team, but we still have a long way to go as far as improvement,”

said Downey. “I am not sure how good this team will be, but we are capable of doing some special things if they continue to improve and play unselfishly.”

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