This team at full strength and Lamb playing like normal Lamb this team can be a force.Really good overall game. Agree with everything said about Shungu. He was rubbing his thigh at one point and luckily left the game but came back in fine. With Shungu and Smith there is some real chemistry and the ball moves much better. Lamb needs to stop forcing jumpers. He needs to get back to what made him a star. Pettella was fun to watch again, seems to find the ball and does all the small stuff. I wouldn’t be heartbroken if Pettella plays more with the starters moving forward. Robin and Deloney seem to fit better in the rotation with Shungu back. They can play to their strengths. I really like where this team is headed if Davis can be healthy. Great defense tonight. Towson didn’t help themselves much tonight and we took atvantage.
If you were going to design the ideal basketball body from the ground up, it'd look a lot like Daniel Giddens. It amazes me that he doesn't have more tools on the offensive end, but he increasingly seems to be doing useful things - such as the pass to Shungu and kicking the ball out to the perimeter after a rebound - that won't show up in the box score. Still, I'll be disappointed if he doesn't manage to score in double figures at least once this season.Towson was abysmal offensively, but they did score 60 against Florida in a 6 point loss, so they are not inept. This was a lot about great UVM defense forcing bad shots, offensive fouls and turnovers.
People have already said it, but it’s night and day with Shungu back. He’s just a bear to deal with defensively. And that’s the Smith we need. Somebody who can carry the scoring load when Lamb is missing shots. And Lamb is missing a fair amount right now.
I thought Giddens was effective as well, although he did have one of those weird plays where he doesn’t put his hands up against somebody shooting in the lane. You’re 6’11”, put your hands up. But he rebounded well, got a couple buckets, made a beautiful pass to Ben for a layup, and protected the lane without fouling. Nice game with no Davis to provide backup.
Finally, Deloney didn’t score much but for the smallest guy on the court, he got in the mix on a bunch of rebounds and got a couple he had no right to get. A lot of effort plays from him in this game.
Good challenge coming up in 11 days against a tournament contender.