Friday, August 22, 2014

Braves use different weapons

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 11/25/2013

The Ottawa University men’s basketball team has multiple options on where to get points.

“We will have five guys in double figures,” Ottawa coach Andy Carrier said following the Braves’ 84-69 win over Haskell Indian Nations University Saturday in Wilson Field House. “We have four or five guys capable of going off for a big night. There are a lot of weapons. These guys are unselfish and they are a team.”

The Ottawa University men’s basketball team has multiple options on where to get points.

“We will have five guys in double figures,” Ottawa coach Andy Carrier said following the Braves’ 84-69 win over Haskell Indian Nations University Saturday in Wilson Field House. “We have four or five guys capable of going off for a big night. There are a lot of weapons. These guys are unselfish and they are a team.”

Ottawa had three players between 15 and 18 points. Senior Julian Rose paced the Braves with 18. Kameron Lindsay netted 16 and Adam Hasty finished with 15.

Despite the 84 points, Carrier has seen better offensive games.

 “We got a little impatient,” he said. “We wanted to get baskets in transition and we did. When we did not get easy shots, we were impatient. That is something we have been working on. I hope soon we can show our home crowd what happens when we really move the basketball and get it to our second, third and fourth side. We have had some special stretches on the road when we have done that.”

Ottawa was a bit streaky offensively, hitting 44 percent from the field.

“We lacked a little energy there,” Carrier said. “We gave them 14 offensive rebounds in the first half. We did clean that up in the second half. We dug in and got some stops when we needed to. The best possessions of the night were the last six or seven minutes when we extended the lead.”

Ottawa led nearly start to finish. The game was tight early. Ottawa opened a 35-24 lead late in the first half, but the Indians closed to 42-35 at the half.

The lead stayed between seven and nine points until the final seven minutes when Ottawa extended the margin to 18 points.

“We changed up how we were guarding in the second half,” Carrier said. “That helped our guys.”

Ottawa made adjustments from the earlier win in Lawrence when Alex Lundry dominated inside.

“It is a good lesson of what it will be like in the conference in how teams do make adjustments,” Carrier said. “We really hurt them inside up in Lawrence. They were doubling Lundy tonight.”

Ottawa worked on its delay game.

“We got to look at different people,” Carrier said. “We are running new stuff. It is fun. It is fun for me and fun for our guys.

“We did not play our best, but we were able to win. We have been very competitive against good teams on the road. We know we can and will get better.”

Ottawa (4-4) plays 7:30 p.m. today at home against Baker.

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