I wanted to post a quick look at some of the action from Tuesday night as Manhattan and Long Island both secured wins. (Note: You can read about Jason Brickman and Michael Alvarado’s individual performances in terms of assists on the nightly Assist Tracker for Dec. 20.)
Long Island 100, Texas State 84 — This game was FAST. For a regulation game 82 possessions is ridiculous. But with LIU it seems the faster the Blackbirds play the better the offense looks. At 1.22 points per possession this was LIU’s best showing on offense this season. It helped that the Blackbirds shot 11-22 from three. The one player that didn’t join in the offensive barrage was Jamal Olasewere. He only played nine minutes due to foul trouble (though he did score eight points). Michael Culpo got back on track. He shot 5-6 from three and scored 15 points. Julian Boyd had another stellar effort with 22 points and 12 boards. I said it in the Assist Tracker linked above, but I think Brickman’s performance on Tuesday night was his best of the season. He finished with 12 points, 11 assists and just three turnovers. The turnovers were spread out very evenly. Even in an 82-possession game 22 (26.8% TO%) is still a bit too many. The one other concern from this game is that the Bobcats grabbed 18 offensive rebounds. Considering they missed 44 shots that’s not too bad, but I’d still like to see LIU controlling the glass a bit better.
Manhattan 81, Towson 62 — Towson has yet to win a game, so this isn’t one to be ecstatic about, but the Jaspers did go on the road and take care of business. That’s what matters at this point in the season. Manhattan is 8-4 and looking like one of the best teams in the MAAC. Tonight it was George Beamon (21 points) and Kidani Brutus (18 points) powering the offense. Also, Liam McCabe-Moran shot a perfect 4-4 from beyond the arc and scored 12 points. Manhattan forced Towson into 23 turnovers, which led to 28 points. The Jaspers also outscored the Tigers 32-16 in the paint. Towson attempted 33 free throws, which seems a bit high. The Jaspers have been giving up a few too many in general this season though, so I guess that was to be expected.