A 91-45 road loss to third-ranked Ohio State on Friday left the men’s basketball team still struggling to reach the elusive .500 mark. Prior to that lopsided loss, the Roos split two games during the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Uncasville, Conn.
They defeated Norfolk State (Va.) 63-57 after losing to Albany (N.Y.) 62-59 in games Nov. 17-18.
The win against Norfolk State pushed the Roos’ record to 2-2 and marked a victory over a team that made the NCAA Tournament last season. A 15th seed, the Spartans knocked off Missouri in the first round.
Point guard Estan Tyler led the way to victory with 15 points in a game that had eight lead changes and seven ties, and was easily one of the best defensive games by the Roos this season. The Roos shot 47.4 percent from the field and held the Spartans to only 37.7 percent shooting and caused 12 turnovers.
Forward Kirk Korver and center Fred Chatmon combined for five of the team’s seven steals. Chatmon had five rebounds, two blocks, five points and committed only two fouls in 26 minutes. Korver had a cold night, shooting 2-of-5, but hit all four of his free throws and finished with 10 points.
Korver leads the team in scoring with 12.3 points a game, while Chatmon continues to lead the team in rebounding with a 6.8 average
Against Albany ,the Roos shot just 34.6 percent from the floor. Their defense in the first half limited the Great Danes to 33.3 percent shooting and 23 points, helping to build a three-point lead.
However, that defensive pressure didn’t last, as the Great Danes hit 47.6 percent from the field in the second half, including 60 percent of their three-pointers. Korver, Tyler and guard Nate Rogers scored 43 out of the Roos’ 59 points. Tyler scored a career-high 17 points.