What We Learned: One of Many?
The University of Mary won its first game of the 2018-19 season Friday with a dominating 94-44 performance over Yellowstone Christian College. The Marauders needed this win especially for their shot confidence. Is this the win that gets UMary rolling?
Heat check — The Marauders struggled to make shots in their first three games but erupted for 47.8 percent from beyond the arc against the Centurions. Tom Kubank had one thing on his mind and that was to deliver UMary its first win of the season. The UMary senior forward finished with a game-high 20 points on 7 of 8 shooting and made 4 of his 5 3-point attempts. Kubank also added eight rebounds in 20 minutes of play. Connor Hellebust was shooting 26.3 percent from the field coming into the game shook off the bad juju and finished with 14 points on 6 of 12 shooting.
No Dennis Austin III — Dennis Austin III went down with an eye injury against Montana State University Billings on Wednesday and he didn’t re-enter the game after that. The senior guard sat out against YCC as his eye was still swollen shut, however, his energy was still there against the Centurions. He was helping the underclassmen on the sideline and seems to be really jelling with UMary.
Expanded rotation — Eleven players saw the court for 10 minutes or more against YCC, which happened because it was a blowout contest. I know scheduling is tough and not everything works the way you’d like but this game should’ve been UMary’s season opener. I’m sure Joe Kittell had his rotation made up days before the Marauders stepped onto the hardwood but in a game like this you get to see everyone play. Redshirt-freshman Justin Engg and junior Richard Brown had averaged seven minutes of play this year — the two saw more minutes against a lower level YCC team and that should’ve happened before UMary played two tough teams in Texas to start the season. They did have a positive impact on the game as they combined for 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting and nine rebounds.
Last Night in the NSIC