The Byrd Cage

Belmont Wins Home Opener 88-49

In Game Posts on November 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

After a slow first half, Belmont turned on the gears and put it to the travel weary Maryville Saints.  Ian Clark and Kerron Johnson did their job combining for 34 points, and Trevor Noack showed a quiet confidence under the basket going 4-7 in the paint and sinking a three.

But the story of the match was freshman Craig Bradshaw, scoring 11 points off the bench while going 4-4 in the paint and 2-2 from the 3, only missing one free throw.  With four steals, Bradshaw’s intensity single-handedly changed the feeling of the game.  His relentless pursuit of the ball, and constant nagging of the opposing ball-handler gave Belmont the spark it needed after a slow start.

In the post game interview with the Bruin Sports Network’s Kevin Ingram, Coach Byrd mentioned the difficulty of covering Maryville’s Princeton offense at the start of the game.  He also was quick to point out that the score was very different than the game plan execution, and that showed on the floor.  Coach Byrd praised both Bradshaw and Noack, complimenting Noack’s growing confidence at the 5 spot and control on the floor.

All in all, the 88 points Belmont put up against Maryville was a good effort, but I think Coach Byrd might say that his team will need to put more concentration on executing the game plan at Stanford on Sunday to get another “W”.

 Tip-off is at 8 p.m. ET.

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