What We Learned: UMary Struggles to Close Out Against MSUB
The University of Mary men’s basketball team played in its third straight road game Wednesday but couldn’t land the finishing punches on Montana State University Billings. The Marauders dropped a 56-53 non-conference contest and here’s three things we learned from the loss.
Backup point guard — Jaylan White played 38 minutes against MSBU and is averaging 36.3 minutes through UMary’s first three games. While I’m certain that White can keep this up at some point Joe Kittell is going to have to find a backup point guard who can help the team. White finished 2 for 11 last night and added six rebounds and five assists. The only other guard to come off the bench that played more than 10 minutes was freshman Trever Kaiser. The 6-foot-2 Dassel, Minn., native finished with two points of 1 of 4 shooting. It was his first action of his career.
Shooting woes — The 3-point ball has not been kind to UMary this season. Against the Yellow Jackets, the Marauders made 26.3 percent (5 of 19) of their shots from long range. In fact, that was up by 0.6 percent from the blue and orange’s season average. Senior forward Tommy Kubank leads the team in 3-point makes as he’s 6 for 21 and six other UMary student-athletes are a combined 4 for 27 through three games.
Rebounding g(od)uard — I have zero issues with guards leading a team in rebounds but it catches me by surprise because it’s “not supposed to happen” the expert analyst’s say. Upper Iowa transfer Dennis Austin III has been playing above the rim in his first three games with UMary and it’s promising to see. The 6-foot-3 guard leads the Marauders in rebounds with 19 and White is tied for second of the team with 12. Austin III is simply just out jumping players for rebounds and while that’s fine and dandy, the big men at some point are going to have to come down with some boards.
*Bonus point — No need to hit the panic button. The lids will come off the rims and shots will start to fall. It’s regular season game three of 28 and NSIC play is still 17 days away. Make the adjustments now so when league play rolls around, it’s time to play instead of learning on the fly.
Last night in the NSIC