By: AUSTIN PARKS
The Titans were blown out by 23 points, on the road, to the Roosevelt University Lakers in their second worst loss of the season in terms of margin of victory.
“We were not very good on either end of the floor Wednesday night. Our focus wasn’t where it needed to be to beat a very good Roosevelt team. That lack of focus resulted in a lot of slow rotations defensively, poor ball security offensively, and poor free throw shooting,” said head coach Scott Cooper.
Once again, the perimeter defense and turnovers played a major part in the Titans loss. The Lakers shot 21-for-36 from three at an astounding 58.3 percent. The Titans couldn’t come close to matching the Lakers proficient offense shooting 6-for-19 from three at 31.6 percent.
The Titans turned the ball over 18 times compared to the Lakers 11. Both teams didn’t get to the free throw line often and both did not shoot well from the line either. The Titans shot at 53.8 percent with the Lakers shooting at 37.5 percent. The Lakers led in assists with 27 to the Titans 17.
At the start of the game the Titans were able to hang with the Lakers in a back and forth game. However as the game went on the Lakers would slowly take the lead.
At the 10 minute mark in the first half the Lakers went on a 17 to 6 run that opened things up for them, taking control of the game. Things only got worse for the Titans in the second half. The Lakers continued adding to their double digit lead making three after three.
The Titans were never able to grab momentum back eventually losing the game 90 to 67.
The leading scorer for the Titans was Miguel Mahan with 17 point on 7-for-11 shooting. The top rebounder for the game was Miles Tracy with 10 boards. Looking forward, coach Cooper had this to say.
“Our team’s best quality this season has been our players’ ability to learn from their mistakes and move on to the next day. I have no doubt our guys will come back stronger tomorrow in practice and get back on track.”