A somewhat ugly nail-biter came down to the final seconds Monday night, with Aaron Wright’s game-winning shot attempt put back in by Adam Folker to seemingly give UCI a one-point win. However, after a couple of minutes of referee video review, Folker’s shot was deemed too late, and San Jose State came away with a 51-50 victory.
It was a heart-breaking way to lose a game that UCI very well could have won. Free throw shooting was an issue, turnovers were a problem, field goal shooting was unlucky (Mark Roberts kept on harping on the fact that so many shots were in and out), UCI couldn’t ever build up a strong lead after battling back to tie the game with about 10 minutes to play, and yet they still nearly got the W if it weren’t for a few milliseconds. UCI also suffered an earlier tough break when a ball that went out of bounds was called a jump ball, giving the ball back to San Jose State when the game as on the line. At the end of the day though, the loss is tough to stomach against a team that just got demolished by a fellow Big West team.
Few other things to take away from the game:
- Daman Starring shouldn’t be playing point for UCI, let alone start. Too many turnovers, not quick enough… “experience” only goes so far. Then again, his 0-7 shooting night doesn’t exude much confidence for SG.
- Coach Turner admitted that his team was still “shell-shocked” at times, which is to be expected from a young group.
- “Folker showed he could be the heart and soul of this team,” Turner said in the post-game interview. A excellent 10 point, 10 rebound night for Folker, which included six offensive rebounds and 4-5 shooting. He would have had 12 if the last basket had counted. I think we’ll see him start very soon.
- Will Davis II (12 points, 9 rebounds) has the potential to be a highly exciting players to watch. As a freshman, his blocks and dunks already remind me of Zack Atkinson at his best.
- Aaron Wright (14 points) is impressing more than Collin Woods early on.