Apologies for the lack of a game preview today, as I was en route to the game myself and away from computer access.

The Anteaters held a lead with about 12 minutes left in the game, and were tied with under five minutes to go, but ultimately an experienced Weber State team pulled away with an 80-72 win. Quick thoughts on the game…

  • New lineup which as many expected, featured Aaron Wright at point guard and Adam Folker at center. However, it also removed Will Davis II, which was somewhat surprising.
  • The new scoreboard looks legit. Although the “THREE POINT BASKET” graphic kept bouncing around a bit longer than necessary, it was awesome to have a jumbotron screen at the Bren. Particularly impressed by a challenging hat shuffle featuring the UCI logo. Next step: video replay.

    The new player cards add a nice touch.
  • Daman Starring bounced back nicely tonight playing largely away from the point guard spot. His shot form looked smoother, and at least for tonight, he was able to both drive and hit the 3-point shot.
  • Mike Best also had his best game as an ’Eater, recording four points, four rebounds, with an impressive four blocks. Best’s night included an emphatic two-handed slam as well as a crazy block where he managed to grab the ball after blocking it, celebrating briefly and then losing balance and crashing to the ground where he was promptly called for traveling.
  • Folker had an okay game, but also missed four straight free throws in the second half that shot the team in the foot.
  • Statistic that stands out: 22-34 free throw shooting for UCI. Meanwhile, Weber State was 26-31.
  • Coach Turner praised the effort of Derick Flowers off the bench. He showed his usual excellent speed, but added a fine shooting touch, making every single shot he took to finish with nine points on the night.
  • Damian Lillard of Weber State reportedly had multiple NBA scouts at the game watching him, and he impressed with 27 points. Must be nice to have a veteran go-to guy like Lillard.
  • Still no word on why Kevin Mulloy is in warm-ups instead of on the court. Guessing it’s not an injury due to the surreptitious nature of Mark Roberts’ update… not a good sign.
  • All in all, a good showing against a team widely panned as the favorites in the Big Sky. This follows Coach Turner’s “keep on improving” mantra, and hopefully means good things in games to come.