Bench work, cont.

One thing that didn’t improve for USI’s men’s basketball team in the victory over Saint Joseph’s was the scoring off the bench — the Eagles garnered only eight points from Ben Jones (2), Austin Davis (2) and Manny Ogunfolu (4), the only players who got any significant minutes as subs in that game. On the other hand, their rebounding was impressive, mostly because Ogunfolu pulled down seven boards — three off the offensive glass — while Davis grabbed six. Never mind that those aren’t points. Rebounds more often than not lead to points, or at least keep the opposition from scoring.

One more thing: Ogunfolu no longer seems hesitant about shooting. The 6-foot-7 junior took six shots against St. Joe, hitting two, while playing 14 minutes; he has taken seven shots in a game, twice, but that was all the way back in November. He just needs to keep shooting — coach Rodney Watson couldn’t stop talking about Manny’s offense during my postgame interview with him. He also passed out an assist and made a steal. His confidence appears to be growing. If USI makes a run deep into the national tournament, it’s a good bet that Ogunfolu will be a big reason why.

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