Breaking down USI’s victory

The statistics tell a lot about the Eagles’ 90-89, last-second win over Lake Erie on Saturday at the PAC. USI outscored the Storm 20-2 on second-chance points and 36-28 on points in the paint. The Eagles also had three players finish with double-doubles in points and rebounds: Aaron Nelson (31 points, 11 rebounds), Taylor Wischmeier (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Manny Ogunfolu (13 points, 12 rebounds). USI also had a tremendous edge at the foul line, going 21-for-32 while Lake Erie went just 2-for-6 (something USI would have howled about if that had happened to them against Kentucky Wesleyan in the Owensboro Sportscenter). But USI also didn’t shoot well in the second half (46.9 percent on 15-for-32 from the field) compared to the first half (58.1 percent on 18-for-31 from the field). Lake Erie also hit 13 3-point baskets out of 25 attempts, many of those shots with wide-open looks. But it looked like the final score proved what USI coach Rodney Watson keeps saying (but  just barely) — that layups and free throws win most of your games, not 3-pointers.

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