Belmont beats Stetson 84-71
In Game Posts on January 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm
Mick Hedgepeth Goes 11-12, Scores 24 Pts
Belmont Dominates Second Half, Beats Stetson 84-71
When the Bruins went into the locker room down 31-29 last Saturday against Stetson, you had to be wondering if the Bruins were still nursing a week long Lipscomb hangover. With ten turnovers in the first half, the same bad passing we saw in the Lipscomb game and a poor 2-11 from the arch, we were left wondering if our beloved Bruins would come back.
But the Bruins came out swinging with a full court-press and forced a bevy of Stetson turnovers that led to a gigantic point swing early on in the second half. A frustrated Kerron Johnson, who played a severely mis-guided first half, rediscovered his role as a defender with 3 steals and 8 assists. At about the half-way point in the second half, Belmont more than doubled their first-half score and was well in control of the game.
Mick Hedgepeth, who has scored the quietest 1,000 career points in Belmont history, continued his work as one of the most underrated centers in the school’s history. The 6-10 senior scored an outstanding 24 points while pulling down 7 boards. What’s even more remarkable was the fact that he shot 91% from the field, pretty much making a mockery of Stetson’s post game.
An important statistic from the Stetson game was that the Bruins only made 5 threes, the fewest in almost a year, and scored most of their points inside the paint. If Belmont can increase their inside presence going forward, this may be good news going forward as we have seen this team rise and fall with their 3-point shooting. Hedgepeth and Saunders could be the secret weapon to Belmont finally advancing in the tournament.