Notes from USI’s men’s basketball exhibition blowout of Harris-Stowe State on Wednesday morning:
– Taylor Wischmeier sat on the bench in street clothes during the game. He has an injured thumb. USI coach Rodney Watson said it apparently happened when the 6-8 junior tried to catch a pass.
– USI piled up 30 assists while committing only 10 turnovers. It forced Harris-Stowe into 18 turnovers.
– Harris-Stowe got seven players into the game after bringing eight.
– USI outrebounded the Hornets 49-25. The Eagles had 16 offensive rebounds, with Chuck Jones pulling down a team-high four.
– USI shot 60.6 percent (43-for-71) from the field while holding Harris-Stowe to 30 percent (18-for-60).
– Points-per-minute stars included Orlando Rutledge (17 points in 14 minutes of playing time), Travis Jones (17 points in 17 minutes) and Melvyn Little (14 points in 16 minutes).
– USI coach Rodney Watson kept yelling at his players, “Move the ball, move the ball, MOVE THE BALL!” throughout most of the first half.
“The downside of that is they can start rushing,” he admitted. “But the real upside with this team is they are very unselfish. But we’ve got to improve our teamwork on the defensive end.”
– Watson sounded like he can’t wait for the Great Lakes Valley Conference season to begin, if only to play more games.
“It’s December 19 and we’ve never had any rhythm,” he said. “We’ve gone from Oct. 27 (an exhibition against Evansville) to Nov. 10 between games, then took two weeks off and now we don’t play again until Dec. 29 (at home against Cedarville University). It’ll be good to get in that rhythm of two games a week in the conference.”