bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the Nevada loss on Saturday. The game was really a tale of two halves but the first half showed the potential of your team.
Darin Spence: It's so us. I chuckle about it now but I assure none of us were at the time. It was one of those best of times worst of times situations. It showed how good we could be and the reason we were able to play so well in the first half is we defended. We got out and defended and everything came off our defensive effort. Our easy baskets, our defensive rebounding, forcing turnovers, making them shoot tough shots. This team really just grasped the idea and the concept of defending first and it really shows that if we can do that and be committed to that, what we can do and what level we can play at. Nevada is a really good team. They're explosive, they do a lot of good things, good weapons, good experience. But then if you do that you go into halftime and you're thinking "how are we going to keep this going?" I'm a big believer that teams and players always go back to their percentages in shooting, so we're trying to get across to our players that we don't need to match that, we just need to play well and limit our mistakes in the second half and just play with some energy. But it's really hard to duplicate that effort for another 20 minutes especially when you know the other team is going to come roaring back. It just seems like we came out in the second half and did a complete 180. We tried to outscore them which led to a lot of bad shots, quick shots, wrong people shooting. Our floor balance wasn't good so they would get runouts and easy baskets and we just didn't have that same mindset we had to start the game out with which was defending and then letting our offense come. That was disappointing. Even through it all we had a chance to win the game, we gave up two late rebounds off their missed free throws. It was just a very disappointing end for all of us. Continue Reading This Post >>