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Army @ Portland, Saturday 2:00pm

Post by PilotNut on Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:33 pm

Another early tip off, as the Army Black Knights (Patriot League) visit Chiles Center Saturday at 2:00pm.

Army is 9-3 so far this year, RPI #166 (as of 1/1/10, strength of schedule #339 out of 347!). Army's opponents to date are a combined 39-80 vs. Div. I teams. (UP's RPI is up to 53, and SOS of 25).

The 9 Army wins were against: Long Island, @Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Bryant, @Fairleigh Dickinson, @Dartmouth, Mt. St. Vincent (who?) and New Hampshire. The 3 losses were @VMI, @Buffalo and @SMU in their most recent game.

Army's strength is their guard play, with their top 5 scorers all guards. Army seems to play some defense, too, as they are allowing only ~57 points per game, while scoring only ~63 ppg... so they like to grind out wins. Should be a good match up, and hopefully we can dominate in the paint! Let's start out 2010 with a win over a quality Army team! Basketball

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Re: Army @ Portland, Saturday 2:00pm

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:29 pm

With that schedule we at least know they're better than half the Ivy League, heh...

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Re: Army @ Portland, Saturday 2:00pm

Post by MesaPilot1 on Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:48 am

zing , I'll be present in front of puter....physically....at least that is,lol........with my new "Wally Pilot" t-shirt on........ Very Happy

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Re: Army @ Portland, Saturday 2:00pm

Post by PilotNut on Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:28 am

MesaPilot1 wrote:zing , I'll be present in front of puter....physically....at least that is,lol........with my new "Wally Pilot" t-shirt on........ Very Happy

So, you have a Wally t-shirt, but not a PN t-shirt?! No Razz

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Re: Army @ Portland, Saturday 2:00pm

Post by MesaPilot1 on Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:53 am

I thought about that after I posted that,opps Embarassed ...... It came in my Christmas stocking with an autographed team poster from you know who.j

Yes , though PilotNut I will be buying 3 PN t-shirts, one for me,one for basketballhead, and one for his girlfriend during the LMT & Pepp. weekend. Maybe I will buy another for you know who's girlfriend too. It wouldn't hurt to have TWO shapely young coed types at the games that weekend donning PN shirts would it? Might make up for us middle-age guys with Pliney bellys,lol. .......Oh well, I better just speak for myself and carry a fistful of Jackson's when I arrive.


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Re: Army @ Portland, Saturday 2:00pm

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:27 pm

We got out to a big lead in the first, let them go on a run to start the second half (this trend concerns me), then got some timely stops and baskets to close them out.

This was a good test for us and showed what adjustments still need to be made. One thing I liked today was that the Pilots were working hard on defense the whole game. If they keep that up they will give themselves a chance every game from here on out.

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Re: Army @ Portland, Saturday 2:00pm

Post by onetouchfutbol on Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:29 pm

Yeah, Sikma led the charge with 12 pts, 19 boards:

http://www.portlandpilots.com/news/2010/1/2/MBB_0102102942.aspx

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Re: Army @ Portland, Saturday 2:00pm

Post by PilotNut on Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:07 pm

Army's defense was interesting, to say the least. Very physical, very agressive, foul prone, quick, and just made us play ugly. It seemed that every time the ball went down low to Kramer, Robin or Luke, there were immediately 3 or 4 guys on them, making it difficult to kick the ball back out.

But as PPT mentioned, we once again came out flat in the start of the 2nd half and gave up a 8-0 run. This needs to stop going into WCC play. (is there something going on at halftime that also happens on road games?! Question )

Army's 27 points off 20 turnovers was key and what triggered their runs and kept this one close. (We had 15 points off 15 TOs).

We need to clean up 13-26 free throws as well! Mad

Overall, a good W over a good Army team, in a game that was hard to watch at times...

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Re: Army @ Portland, Saturday 2:00pm

Post by up7587 on Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:53 pm

The game was won in a short time period. After Pilots scored the first bucket, Army made two easy threes, and led 6-2. We had several non-productive trips, with stripped balls, turnovers, etc. We did not look sharp. Then we ripped off an 18-0 run, to lead 20-6. That was the game. The rest of the game we gave up some, got some back, and played mostly even.

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Re: Army @ Portland, Saturday 2:00pm

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:14 pm

PilotNut wrote: We need to clean up 13-26 free throws as well! Mad
That was maddening as they were able to get into the bonus very early in the second half and could have extended their lead with a few more makes.

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Re: Army @ Portland, Saturday 2:00pm

Post by PilotNut on Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:18 pm

Yeah, if we make an "average" % of free throws, and half the number of points given up off our turnovers, this game isnt even close...

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Post by PilotNut on Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:15 pm

Oregonian Recap

Portland 67, Army 57: Pilots pocket win, then look to Gonzaga and conference play

By Special to The Oregonian

It didn't take long for the Portland men's basketball team to start thinking about its conference opener following a 67-57 victory over Army on Saturday in front of 1,681 at Chiles Center.

The clanging of weights could be heard before the post-game news conference even began, and talk of a 5 a.m. Monday practice and a special Saturday opening of campus dorms to encourage students to fill the stands Saturday against perennial West Coast Conference power Gonzaga followed a sometimes-tenuous close to the Pilots' non-conference schedule against a physical Black Knights squad.

"The next game is always the most important, but there's always a little something extra when you play Gonzaga," said Portland junior forward Luke Sikma, who scored 12points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds off the bench to lead the Pilots to their fourth consecutive home win.

"I haven't beaten (Gonzaga) in my career, and Portland as a program hasn't beaten them much in the past 10 years, so I think we're excited for it."

Senior forward Ethan Niedermeyer scored a season-high 14 points, while senior guards Nik Raivio and T.J. Campbell each added 11 points for Portland (9-5), who held Army to a single basket in the final four minutes to preserve its first win over the Patriot League's Black Knights (9-4) in three tries.

"Once we started executing, we handled their pressure well," said Niedermeyer, whose 11second-half points were buoyed by a run of three consecutive three-point baskets.

"We're excited for conference to start. There's a couple games we want back, but we can't have them. So we have to take every game seriously."

Army sophomore guard Julian Simmons led all scorers with 17points and the Black Knights held Portland scoreless for the first 4:35 of the second half, but Niedermeyer's trio of long-range hits over a 3:20 span pushed the Pilot lead to 14points with 7:22remaining. Army answered with a 10-point run to get the score within four points with 4:14 remaining.

Portland coach Eric Reveno said the group that closed the game settled in and picked up the defensive effort.

"We dug in when we had to," Reveno said. "I told them at that timeout, we don't have to score, we just have to make stops."

The Pilots went on an early 18-0 run behind four consecutive three-pointers and were shooting better than 70 percent from the field in the opening minutes of the first half.

Army got within single digits with 5:08 left in the first when forward Chris Walker hit a hook shot from the right baseline to make it 31-22, but the Pilots closed out strong to preserve a 39-26 lead at the half.

Portland finished the first half at 53.6 percent (15 of 28) from the field against the Patriot League's top defense, including a 6 of 14 clip from behind the three-point line. After a solid shooting start, the Black Knights went cold in the final 20 minutes, hitting just 8 of 29 field goals (27.6 percent) in the second half.

The Pilots out-rebounded the Black Knights 41-25 in the game, and Portland held Army without an offensive board in the first half.

Guard Josh Miller added 11points and forward Cleveland Richard added 10 more for the Black Knights.

"With our schedule, we've been tested in every way possible," Reveno said. "We've played every kind of team -- very good teams, well-coached teams, athletic teams, disciplined teams, up-tempo, slow tempo -- and so now we get to go see where we fare in the West Coast Conference."

And though Reveno admitted a win over a Gonzaga team he called "the big kid on the block" would certainly give his once-ranked Pilots a boost to kick off WCC play, the fourth-year coach cautioned against putting too much stock into a single game.

"It's a fan prerogative to put different meaning on it because they want to see how we measure up against the team that has perennially been the yardstick on the conference," Reveno said. "I don't mind that thinking -- I understand it -- but at the same time, as we've learned this year, if you beat some big dog and don't back it up the next time, it's worth nothing."

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