Tribe Basketball Thriving in Successful Season
Nobody felt too confident about Tribe men’s basketball after a season-opening 69-77 loss to Hampton on November 8th.
Fast forward to eleven and a half weeks, 12 wins, two marathon bus-rides, and an appearance on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays by Marcus Thornton later, and the Tribe is sitting at 12-7 overall and 2nd in the CAA (4-2) after a come-from-behind 74-63 win Monday night against the College of Charleston. The Tribe was down by nine points at halftime, but scored 49 points in the second half to pull it out.
The Tribe hasn’t been this good since the 2009-2010 season, when the Green & Gold went 22-11 and appeared in the CAA Championship Game and the NIT. With 10 games left in the regular season, the Tribe has a chance to finish with a better record than that team.
“That team was better defensively,” said W&M head coach Tony Shaver when asked to compare the two Tribe teams. “I know this team has shattered offensive records, but that team was better defensively, but we’re making some progress there.”
While this team might not be as celebrated as the 2010 team, the Tribe certainly has made progress from last season. The Tribe is 4-2 in single digit games this season, and 2-0 in one possession games. Last year, the Tribe was 6-9 in single digit games, and 1-2 in one possession games.
“There’s a toughness with this team [that] we didn’t have a year ago,” said coach Shaver. When I asked what this team had that the past three teams didn’t, he answered, “Talent.”
Tonight, the Tribe is slated to take on the league-leading Delaware Blue Hens at 7:00. A win would put the Tribe one game out of first place in the CAA.
“The key to beating Delaware will be great defense,” said coach Shaver. “They’re probably the best offensive team we’ve played all year long, and we’ve gotta somehow slow them down a bit.”
Delaware doesn’t expect to have it any easier, however. Blue Hens head coach Monte Ross said the way to stop Marcus Thornton was to, “hope he takes the night off and doesn’t want to play.”
Tickets to tonight’s game can be bought through TicketReturn.com. TribeAthletics.TV will be streaming live video and audio. The game will also be broadcasted through 92.3 The Tide FM and 107.9 Bach FM. Live stats are available as well.