Win leaves Bulldogs feeling unsatisfied

January 28, 2006|By BOB PARASILITI


The Martinsburg basketball team jumped into the driver's seat Friday, but coach Dave Rogers doesn't care for the view from behind the wheel.

"We won and I'm not happy," Rogers said, adamantly. "We are not playing good basketball. I want them to be playing good basketball. I'm frustrated."

Note to readers: Remember, Martinsburg won. The No. 3 Bulldogs simply wore down the No. 5 and undermanned Cougars in the second chapter of their possible 2006 trilogy in a 60-51 victory before a packed house at Shepherd University.

Martinsburg used 23 points by Q'Mont Matheny and 19 more from Andre Hornes - along with decided advantages in rebounds and at the foul line - to even the score with the Cougars after Jan. 13's 75-55 home loss.


"I appreciate the win ... I'm glad we won, but I'm not sure we made good decisions in the crunch," Rogers said. "You have got to understand the game of basketball. You can't just go out there and do what you want."

If the win was on the Bulldogs' list, then they got that.

The odds from the start were stacked against Jefferson, which played without its top two scorers. Josh Brown remains on crutches with a deep thigh bruise, while Vance Hosby's season ended Thursday due to academic problems.

Tehran Jacobs - who started in Hosby's place as the Cougars' only legitimate inside threat - was whistled for two fouls in the first 1 minute, 6 seconds of the game. Then, point guard Ryland Newman - who shouldered much of Jefferson's offense - was whistled for three fouls and a technical in a two-minute span midway through the third quarter to turn his game passive.

"For a while, we played with four of our starters out of our lineup," Jefferson coach Bob Starkey said. "We fought and played real hard. They wore us down on the boards in the second half."

Martinsburg (12-2) trailed 28-25 at the half and pushed out to a 36-33 lead as Matheny began to heat up with a 3-pointer at the 4:27 mark in the third quarter. Matheny scored 11 of his points in the period.

The next trip down the floor, Matheny drove the lane and drew Newman's third foul. When the Cougars guard protested, he was slapped with the technical, giving him his fourth personal. Matheny hit the foul shots, and a layup off a pass from Hornes pushed the Bulldogs out to a 40-33 advantage.

"I thought that 'T' was the turning point of the game, along with those two early fouls on Jacobs," Starkey said. "We were down (three) at that point and they hit the foul shots and got the ball. We went from two to seven down there."

From there, the Bulldogs assumed control of the glass and the foul line to ice the game. Martinsburg outrebounded Jefferson 31-20 and connected on 14 of 20 foul shots to the Cougars' 5 of 10.

Martinsburg used the foul line, scoring the first six points of the fourth quarter to maintain a 53-48 lead. Emile Payne had nine rebounds in the fourth quarter.

"It was probably fatigue," Starkey said. "We were pushing the defense and trying to rebound with them. The longer it went, the lower we jumped and started fouling. If we could have got ahead, we would have changed the game. We could have held the ball and allowed our guys to rest."

Newman led Jefferson (7-5) with 12 points while Justin Grantham added 10 as the comeback effort tuckered out in the end.

"Q'Mont hit some big foul shots for us," Rogers said. "And Emile did a great job down the stretch rebounding. I'm frustrated. ... This is a good group that works hard and has a lot of talent and could go places. I'm not satisfied. They aren't where I want them to be."

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