Getting better

Some notes following USI’s 72-61 men’s basketball victory over visiting Cedarville on Saturday, with my final story online here.

– Keith DeWitt’s double-double — 16 points, 10 rebounds — was his second double-double of the season. The first, 13 points and 10 boards, came in the Eagles’ only loss, to Nova Southeastern in the first round of the Fern Valley Hotel Classic in Louisville. But what’s just as interesting are the 6-9 senior’s other stats: four assists, three blocked shots and a steal over 32 minutes.  He’s only played in three games, having missed the rest with a knee injury, but he still leads the team with nine blocks. “Anybody who came close to me with the ball, I swatted it,” he said on Saturday.

– Key team stats for USI included its outscoring Cedarville 30-14 in the paint and 26-15 off turnovers. Those turnovers, by the way, included 11 steals — the second-best total of the season, behind the 12 the team piled up against Urbana. The school record for one game is 23, set against Maryville on Dec. 20, 2008. And Kenyon Smith’s five steals were three off the school single-game record held by Alan Goff, Stan Gouard and Scott Boyden.

– Orlando Rutledge’s six 3-pointers, in case you were wondering, were four off the record of 10 held by Jamar Smith and set Jan. 9, 2010.

– Junior Lawrence Thomas had one of his best point guard games: nine points, six assists, one steal and just one turnover in 35 minutes — the most playing time on the team Saturday.

– Cedarville came in shooting 39.3 percent from 3-point range and wound up finishing at 29.2 percent (7-for-24). Believe it or not, the Yellow Jackets have had worse games this season: 25 percent (4-for-16) against Ohio Christian, 22.2 percent (4-for-18) against No. 1 West Liberty and 20.7 percent (6-for-29) against Holy Family. But Cedarville only lost to West Liberty.

 

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