Monday, January 4, 2010
If Wendell McKines is tired, something is wrong.
McKines looked drained after playing 39 minutes. Hamidu Rahman played 36 minutes, Jahmar Young played 38 minutes and Hernst Laroche played 36 minutes.
"After playing 94 feet against Utah State and you know how intense that game was. To come out and bring the same intensity this time, your body says, 'Na, relax.' Fatigue set in a little bit but it's still not an excuse."
I heard people in the crowd yelling at Menzies to go his bench. Other than Gordo, who is ready to contribute meaningful minutes? Just a question. West has potential but is he ready to bang with Babbitt? N'Doye and Sy don't know the rules and Watson was battling through an apparent injury.
Energy seemed to be a constant theme in talking with McKines and Menzies postgame.
Getting a split is nice, but to allow a team to shoot 57 percent in a half comes down to effort on the defensive side of the court.
Once the Aggies stopped making shots (They were 7-of-20 from long range), the effort on the other end dropped.
"We have an offensive mindset,” Menzies said. “Unfortunatley, it gives you your energy and it shouldn’t be that way. Your energy should be there on defense regardless. I don't care if you are making shots or not. Like the final six minutes against Utah State, we weren't scoring but the game was on the line so they were getting stops but they have to play the first six minutes like the game is on the line."
Nevada never trailed and was pretty much in control through the entire second half.
"We just went away from the game plan and went away from the great defensive effort we put on on Saturday. Just the tenacity and energy that you have to have on defense that we always have on the offensive end. We have to take that same mentality on the defensive end. We kind of went away from that. Best thing about it is it's only the second conference game and we will be a totally different and better team come tournament time. We will be ready. We are just learning as the season goes along."
I'll have more tomorrow....I mean later today. Video courtesy of Pulse editor Lucas Peerman.