The Byrd Cage

Belmont Gives Up 16 Point Lead to USC Upstate

In Game Posts on January 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm

You really don’t need to read any further on the Byrd Cage if you want this particular game summed up. Yes, I know you aren’t supposed to say that as the editor of a blog that you actually want people to read, but it is true.

You could simply go to AtlanticSun.org or ESPN.com and click “Box Score” for the game. If you click that, then just proceed to read the boxes that state how many points each team scored in each half. The game is perfectly summed up after this 15 second search, and then you can go back to what you were doing on this lovely Monday.

If you want explanations- I do too. And let me start by saying this- I don’t have them.

The fact that Belmont gave up 52 points to USC Upstate in the second half is troubling for many reasons. Not because USC Upstate is a necessarily bad team, or that we are simply “too good” to give those points up, the point here is- we were lambasted in almost every way during the second half. Hedgepeth and Johnson scored 16 and 18, respectively, but Belmont just couldn’t hang on and gave up double-digit points to four out of the five Spartan starters.

Their starters, with absolutely no bench, played us into the ground shooting 60%.

Belmont lost 79-78.

In what could be their most revealing game of the year, Belmont gave up a second A-Sun loss this month, with another tough road test at ETSU tonight. Let’s hope we rebound with a nice win away to keep our tie atop the A-Sun. I have a feeling we will see what kind of team we really are in the next few games.

-BmM

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