Coach Keith Dambrot likened his team’s 59-52 win over the Miami RedHawks to that of a homely woman. It was all that and more as the Zips struggled early and even when they got a lead couldn’t put the game away because of the RedHawks’ press. Here are five numbers that keyed their win:
2: The number of three-point shots the Zips hit of 13 in the first half. Not only weren’t the treys falling, but the Zips passed on more than a few opportunities in the post for their big men, who at time looked frustrated. Instead of trying to establish an inside presence that would open up the outside, they went for the trey.
“There was a little bit of frustration,” forward Demetrius Treadwell said. “We just had to fight through it. In the second half, we came out and made some adjustments and we played a lot better in the second half and took care of the basketball.”
4: The number of three point shots hit in the second half – most due to the fact that they started going to the post in the second half.
“Our game plan for the second half was to go two feet and in and get it there consistently. Then, eventually, we knew we could take some outside shots because we got it two feet and in.”
16: The number of turnovers the Zips committed. It didn’t do so Wednesday night, but eventually their proclivity to turn the ball over will cost them a game.
31: The number of bench points. When Quincy Diggs is your Sixth Man, this number will likely to be high each night. But the Zips got points from forward Nick Harney and wingman Jake Kretzer off the pine. They ultimately proved huge.
35: is the RedHawks shooting percentage. No the Zips weren’t pretty on offense, but on defense they looked as attractive as the ladies in Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines video.