Mon, Dec. 10, 2012
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New Orleans, LA - After receiving their championship rings for winning last season's GCAC tournament title, the SUNO Knights had to quickly put the past behind them and focus on the visiting Spring Hill Badgers. Playing without leading scorer and rebounder, Anthony Turner, SUNO used a solid team effort to pick up its fifth win of the season.
The Knights' aggressive pressure defense forced Spring Hill into 25 turnovers which helped SUNO build a seven point halftime lead into what should have been an insurmountable 33-point margin with just under eleven minutes to play. However, the Badgers were able to chip away at the lead behind the shooting of Todd Martin, who knocked down 5 three pointers on his way to 17 points.
SUNO was able to hold Spring Hill off down the stretch and come away with the victory. Joshua Major led the team in scoring for the second consecutive game with 15 points and Jared Lewis was the only other Knight in double figures with 12 points, connecting on 4 of 6 from long range.
"I hope these guys were reminded tonight that championships don't come easily", said Head Coach Dale Valdery. "Those rings were the result of a lot of hard work, and teams are not going to just lay down and let us win another one. When we have teams down like that, especially here at home, we have got to do a better job of closing out the game. I give a lot of credit to Spring Hill's players and coaches for the way that they competed until the very end. We have to play with that same type of intensity for 40 minutes if we want to achieve our goals this season."