Player of the Game: Steven Gray, Gonzaga.
Gray put up some insane numbers (17 points, 8 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, and a block) while also shutting down every single IUPUI guard he came across on the other end.
Sixth Man of the Game: Mitchell Patton, IUPUI
Though IUPUI was D.O.A. in this one, Michell was able to provide some sort of inside presence against an obviously superior front court.
Stat of the Game: 9:24
It took the Jaguars 9 minutes and 24 seconds of play to hit their first bucket from the floor. In that time, Gonzaga was able to score 16 points to IUPUI's two (two freethrows by Leroy).
Wrap Up: Projected Starters
Guard: Stephen Thomas
STATS: 26 Minutes; 3-6 (0-0, 0-2) 6 Points; 5 Rebounds; 3 Steals; 2 Turnovers
Stephen looked over-matched, but he still has a ways to go to run the offense well. I think he's one or two solid performances away from figuring out how to become a Second Team All-Summit performer. We'll see. Not impressed Sunday, though.
Guard: John Ashworth
STATS: 36 Minutes; 3-6 (3-3, 1-3) 10 Points; 2 Rebounds; 2 Assists; 1 Steal; 3 Turnovers; 1 Foul
John hit IUPUI's first shot from the floor, but was very Jekyll & Hyde on the night. He looked good on his few made shots, but dribbled wildly and had some bad passes at other times.
Forward: Alex Young
STATS: 32 Minutes; 5-12 (6-7, 0-4) 16 Points; 4 Rebounds; 1 Steal; 4 Turnovers; 4 Fouls
Alex apologized on Facebook for the loss, but he played his heart out the entire time. Even after THREE charging fouls (which were terrible calls, all three, objectively) he would still drive the lane. Having 16 & 4 after three fouls in the first half is extremely impressive.
Forward: Leroy Nobles
STATS: 36 Minutes; 3-13 (5-8, 3-9) 14 Points; 5 Rebounds; 3 Turnovers; 2 Fouls
Leroy's shot was as off as everyone else, but he did his best to spur a run early in the second half. His continued leadership and three-point-marksmanship will be fun to watch, despite the ugly showing.
Forward: Christian Siakam
STATS: 16 Minutes; 0-2 (0-0, 0-0) 0 Points; 5 Rebounds; 1 Steal; 5 Fouls
Christian...Come on dude. He looked WAY over matched against the three giants inside for Gonzaga. He really needs to play better coming up against teams like ORU and Oakland who have similar (though smaller) front courts.
Wrap Up: Projected Key Subs
Guard: Greg Rice
STATS: 14 Minutes 2-5 (0-0, 0-2) 4 Points; 1 Rebound; 3 Turnovers; 1 Foul
Greg played extremely well, especially considering this is basically his Freshman+1 season. If he continues to play well (AND NOT TURN THE DAMN BALL OVER), his ability to run the 1 or 2 will mean he should continue to see the floor. And damn is he fast!
Forward: Donovon Gibbs
STATS: 11 Minutes; 0-2 (0-0, 0-1) 0 Points; 1 Rebound; 1 Turnover; 1 Foul
Donovan, who? Ouch. Invisible. He's gotta play more consistent.
Wrap Up: Other Subs
Center: Mitchell Patton
STATS: 17 Minutes; 2-4 (2-2, 0-0) 6 Points; 1 Rebound; 1 Steal; 1 Turnover; 1 Block; 3 Fouls
Mitchell played better than I've seen him play ever. He came in and made a great lay up, ran back on defense (though not always fast enough against the obviously better Gonzaga front court), and really showed how productive he can be. I was blown away.
Guard: Sean Esposito
STATS: 5 Minutes; 0-1 (0-0, 0-1) 0 Points
Sean came in and played decent defense, got his one three-pointer off...It's hard to come in cold and catch fire immediately. He'll continue to see minutes here and there at the two-spot.
Guard: Nick Kitkoff
STATS: 4 Minutes; 0-1 (0-0, 0-1) 0 Points; 1 Assist
The Silent Assassin remained silent, missing his only shot but getting a nice pass off in the paint for a bucket.
Forward: Anthony Williams
STATS: 2 Minutes; 0-0 (0-0, 0-0) 0 Points; 3 Fouls
Anthony had a double-technical foul for...some...odd...reason. No one has any idea why, especially because he didn't say a word, throw a punch, et cetera. Oh well. That's what happens when you play 8-on-5.
Guard: Nick DeSchepper
STATS: 1 Minute; 0-0 (0-0, 0-0) 0 Points
Wrap Up: Keys to the Game
1) Don't Let Gonzaga Run Away. (Nope)
How about 16-2 to start the game? Yeah, that didn't work out very well. That was bad.
2) Smart Guard Play. (Nope)
I have to say, this was shockingly horrible. Stephen, John, and Greg played poorly. Not HORRIBLY. Not terrible. But poor. Greg played well, John probably played the best, but I think Stephen tried to
3) For The Love Of God, Don't Turn It Over. (Nope)
17 turnovers, 12 of them by the starters.
4) 50% FG; 80% FT 40% 3P. (Can I Cry?)
Going without a fieldgoal for the first 'quarter'...Holy hell. Wow.