You should remember Chris Whitehead. He was the 5-foot-8 guard for Bellarmine last season who lit up the USI men’s basketball team for 25 points last January during the Knights’ 83-70 victory at the PAC. He mostly ran right through the Eagles’ defense for layups.
Well, something similar happened again on Saturday. Lake Superior State’s Akaemji Williams, another 5-8 guard, piled up 24 points against USI — 17 coming in the first half — during Lake Superior State’s 91-73 win over the Eagles in the final round of the C2 Vegas Showdown. Williams did much the same thing that Whitehead did while also passing out six assists.
What this means, I can’t say exactly, except that it can’t be good that the Eagles have trouble stopping quick, small men from getting to the basket. That has something to do with being unable to close off driving lanes. Or is it something else?
“Our ball-screen defense has got to get better,” said USI coach Rodney Watson.
It’s still early. There’s still time to shut down that embarrassment. Isn’t there?