It's been a really long season.
Fair play to Penn State. I really doubted them and still don't think they're all that great. Still, the Lions deserved to win and really outplayed us tonight. I wish the Irish could have made one of their seven or eight wide open layups to make this competitive, but it was not to be. A really poor offensive showing throughout.
Thanks to the guys for working to make it competitive and showing some heart down the stretch, but the outcome was really never in doubt. A Kyle McAlarney layup (why he froze under the basket with no defenders within sight, I'll never know) and a Ryan Ayers three pointer would have cut the lead to one with over three minutes left. Unfortunately, it was not to be. When you shoot under 25% in the first half, you really don't deserve to win.
Tory Jackson was pretty good tonight. 9 points, 5 assists, no turnovers. Kyle McAlarney missed a bunch of chances near the basket and was the culprit on a few of those missed layups. Ryan Ayers was ice cold. 1-7 from the arc really killed us. Zach Hillesland had 2 points and 6 rebounds and was 1-5 from the field. Luke Harangody bounced back from a completely awful first half to finish with 17 and 10 on 5-16 shooting.
Off the bench, Jonathan Peoples provided a couple nice threes to keep it respectable. 8 points for him. Ty Nash had 7 rebounds before fouling out. Luke Zeller had 8 on 2-5 from beyond the arc. Carleton Scott made a three pointer in less than a minute of playing time, making you wonder why he hasn't seen any more action this year.
33% shooting for the team. That just killed us. Penn State played pretty solid defense, but the Irish shot themselves in the foot over and over. As you may have noticed, this was a pretty short recap. I'll try to knock out the year-end stuff tonight as well.