3-1 Explorers look to improve

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We are on the way back from the Charleston Classic. I have never been to Charleston before and would love to go back to enjoy it more.

Our team played a strong first half against a very good South Carolina team before they outplayed us in the second half. I would be surprised if they are not an NCAA Tournament team. Their length and athleticism and the offensive talent of Downey and Archie make them very good.

We then played our best game of the year against an outstanding Davidson program. Even without Stephen Curry, they will win a lot this year, as they have for many years before Curry. Their execution, skill and toughness are constants in their program and to win was something for us to feel good about.

We then played our most mistake-filled game against a very solid Tulane team that beat Penn State the game before. We missed free throws, didn’t box out on their free-throw attempts, had some defensive miscommunications and had some key players just have an off day.

Still, we held them to 35 percent from the field in the second half and outrebounded them by 13 to win with the toughness coaches love. We are 3-1 but still have much improvement we can make. It is a good position to be in.
 

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