Up, down and down some more – Croup’s Corner

Written By Josh Croup

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Up and down. Then back up and right back down. Then down some more.

That’s how the men’s basketball season is going and that’s how last week’s game against Ohio Christian went.

First, let’s recap this season’s results game-by-game. See if you spot a pattern:

Win, win, loss, loss, win, win, loss, win, loss, win, win, loss, win, loss, win, loss, loss, loss.

Nine wins, nine losses.

Before last Thursday’s 86-82 loss to Ohio Christian, Point Park did not have more than two wins or losses in a row.

So, good news: there were no real losing streaks entering last week. Bad news: no winning streaks, either.

Entering this week, Point Park now has its first real streak of the season, and not the one the Pioneers would like.

Point Park has lost three straight games, all against conference opponents. The Pioneers hope to end that Tuesday at Carlow.

Entering this week, Point Park was 0-4 in conference road games and already has a pair of conference home losses.

Back to last Thursday.

Just like this season, the game was up and down for a large chunk of the contest.

Seven minutes in, the game was tied at 16.

Ten minutes later, Point Park trailed by 12.

The Pioneers then went on a run, and only trailed by four at the half.

Point Park slipped right back down in the first five minutes of the second half and was suddenly back down by 12.

Seven minutes later, Point Park trailed by three. The rest of the game remained close as Point Park trailed by as little as two points under the final minute.

What a wild ride, eh?

Sure, the team has nine wins and nine losses on the year. But a 2-6 conference record has Point Park in the basement of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) Colonial Division.

Hey, Carlow has lost 14 straight. Things could be worse.

As unpredictable as this season seems, there have been some constants.

The guard play of Kelvin Goodwin and Jerah’me Williams has been fun to watch. The duo push the ball up the floor, take control of games and can score at will.

They’ve done a lot of scoring in 2016.

Point Park is just 1-4 to start the new year. Each of the four losses came in conference play. Each of the four losses saw Goodwin and Williams combine for a good chunk of the Pioneer’s points.

In the four losses, Point Park scored 361 total points. Goodwin and Williams accounted for 204 of them for 56 percent of Point Park’s total. They combined for 51, 54, 49 and 50 points in those games.

While Goodwin and Williams put up 23 and 27 respectively last Thursday, the rest of the team scored just 32. Sa’iid Allen scored 10 off the bench, leaving the other five players with 22 points between them.

As a team, Point Park shot 60.8 percent from the field and 60 percent from long range. Not bad.

Goodwin, Williams and Allen were big contributors to that 60 percent. The three shot 21-31 from the field, good for 67 percent.

The other five combined to shoot 10-20; good for only 50 percent.

Goodwin and Williams can’t do everything. Allen is doing what he can off the bench, but the rest of the offense needs to figure out how to get involved.

This isn’t the high-flying, high-scoring, all-around solid offense that we’re used to seeing from Point Park. It’s not even the same offense that we saw before we left for winter break.

You never know when they’re going to go on a run and get hot. When they do, the Pioneers can match up against almost any opponent.

Hopefully, they can get out of this losing skid and get back on track. They need to soon.

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