A nice solid win in the final game of the regular season sends the seniors off on a high note but reminds us of what should have been this year.
Thge Irish shot 50% from the floor, but more importantly held the Red Storm to 29% shooting (a decrease from 45%) to avoid a second loss to St. John'.
Tory Jackson did not start, both an attempt to send a message to the off-and-on point guard and an opportunity to let captain Luke Zeller start his final regular season game. Tory responded well with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Most important stat of the day was Jackson's lack of turnovers.
Kyle McAlarney played more point guard than usual, resulting in 5 assists, and scored 8 points following an emotional Senior Day ceremony. Mac clearly was the fan favorite and gave the students in attendence a nice little wave.
Ryan Ayers shot very well. 15 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds. 4-6 from beyond the arc. Brother and recruit Cameron was in attendence today and stood on the floor for the ceremony alongside Ryan and mom.
8 rebounds for Zach Hillesland as he returned from injury. That is his second highest total of the Big East season. Added 6 assists and 3 steals to offset just scoring 4 points. Where has this overall production been all year?
Luke Harangody was back at full force. 31 points, 12 rebounds. 13-22 from the field. Perhaps most importantly, 2-3 beyond the arc. If he can show that consistent soft touch from outside, he will earn a living at the next level.
Luke Zeller started but only played 18 minutes. 5 points, nothing else. Ty Nash gave us 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Only 5 minutes for Peoples and mop-up duty for Scott and Andree.
17-13 (8-10). That's where we stand after a long season of basketball. By the end of this weekend, everything will be wrapped up for the Big East regular season and we can focus on the tournaments. Let's see what happens.