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Shooting through struggles

February 7, 2014

The men’s basketball team is doing their best to build momentum amidst a cold stretch in which they have lost their last seven games. After starting winning their first Midwest conference game and at one time being 3-2 in the league, they’ve found themselves 5-13, four of those wins being within the conference.

Inconsistency has gotten the best of them, something sophomore Cole Jackson thinks they just need to work through. “I tell myself drive to the hoop. Shoot lay-ups and get to the rim and try to get fouled,” Jackson said. “And hopefully by going to the rim and getting fouled I can get to the free throw line. You just have to be able to get out of a shooting slump and keep playing hard.” Jackson has been a bright spot for the Scots, leading the team in scoring with 15.9 points per game, connecting for more field goals, 3-pointers and free throws than any other Scot. Jackson currently is riding a 15 game streak of double digit scoring.

Jackson doesn’t want anyone to get the idea that this team is just suffering from lack of older players. “We have guys on the team who have had varsity minutes from last year’s team when they were freshman. We are a young team but we have experience.”

The young Scots also have bounds of post presence, currently second in the conference in offensive rebounding. Sophomore Andrew Mathison leads the category, and overall it averaging 7.4 a game, building on the 3.7 he pulled down last season.

The Scots have had issues starting games only leading after the first half once during their seven game skid. They held a two point lead over Carroll that was followed by a 14 point deficit in the second half that led to the loss.

The team is far from satisfied with their current place and will put their hearts on the line to improve their record for this year, but come October 2014, they’ll have a full deck of experienced weapons to work with.

“Next year’s team will have everyone still on it, no one will be graduating from our team because we have no seniors this year,” Jackson said. “We are a team that always plays with heart and always wants to win. Our future looks very big and bright for us Fighting Scots.”

Cameron Line
Sports Editor

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