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Aces Soar Over Eagles

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On Tuesday evening Evansville picked up a 62-50 road victory over Tennessee Tech fueled by a 22-2 run to end the first half. Marty Simmons was proud of the offensive effort his team made throughout the game. “I just saw guys being really unselfish out there. We knew they would give us a lot of pressure, and they switched their defenses a little bit. They pressed on made buckets, they played some man and played some zone. I just thought our guys did a good job with spacing. When we took care of the basketball, we were able to get some pretty good looks.” Ned Cox scored 15 points for Evansville after struggling shooting the basketball for the early part of the season. Cox was shooting just 26 percent on the season before the game. “I have confidence in my shot. I wouldn’t say anything was different because freshman year I had a good game here. This is definitely a new year. But like I said, I’ve been getting in the gym and getting open shots. I knew they were going to fall eventually. I took a step forward. I still missed a lot of shots, but I’m going to keep working and keep getting better.”

Colt Ryan sat out the game against the Golden Eagles and Simmons hopes he will return on Monday. With the hip pointer injury Simmons says it is uncertain how long Ryan will be out of the lineup. Cox said Evansville is a versatile team even without Colt Ryan on the floor. “We have a lot of guys who can score, so we’re not dependent on one person. We know Colt’s a great scorer, so we’re not just dependent on someone to step in and take his points. The whole team can score. We just played Evansville basketball – distributed the ball well, made the extra pass when we needed, and people were hitting shots.” D.J. Balentine who scored 11 points in the game says Evansville is starting to show a lot of effort. “The teams we lost to are really good, but we felt like we let them get away. We should be undefeated right now. So there was never a point in time when we were worried. It was all based on effort. The effort was never there those first two games, so now we’ve turned it up on offense and defense.

Evansville picked up a nice road victory on Tuesday evening. However, the Aces were ahead by as many as 26 points and only wound up winning the game by 12. The team needs to have a mentality of shutting the door on the game and not letting the opponent back in the game. While it would have been acceptable to let a few points be trimmed off a 26 point lead to lose a little more than 50 percent of the lead is not. The team needs to have a mind set to close out a game strong because had a few more points been cut from the lead Tennessee Tech would have been back in the game.

Written by theSPORTSfeast Evansville Insider Bryce Weiler

Photo Courtesy of “The Sports Beast” James Range

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