Chris Yearwood drives the ball during the Knights’ game against Sarah Lawrence College on Feb. 9. Photo courtesy of Mount Saint Mary College on Flickr.
By: Michael Gugliotta
The Knights had two home games last week on Feb. 7 and Feb. 9. They won the first outing on Feb. 7 against SUNY Purchase. It was a close well-fought game by both sides, but ultimately the Knights prevailed in a very important game for potential entry to the playoffs.
Junior guard Chris Yearwood led the Knights with 21 points, almost tying his career high posted against Vassar College earlier in the season. The Knights shot an efficient 18-21 from the free throw line which ultimately decided the tight game. Free throws seemed to be a problem the past couple of games for the Knights as they dropped a crucial game against Sarah Lawrence College because of them. The Knights were then able to rally and go 18-21 from the strike against Purchase.
According to Yearwood and G/F Paul Sienke, this win was possible because of an adjustment made during practices. Both players stated, “we made a great emphasis on taking more free throws at the end of our practices with consequences if we missed, it helped us build character and confidence as a team.”
All in all it was a stellar performance from the Knights, securing the win. The same cannot be said about their game against Sarah Lawrence on Feb. 9, a rematch. In their previous game against the Gryphons, they lost by two after being down at halftime by 17.
In this game the Knights’ achilles heel was rebounding. They allowed 23 offensive rebounds and outrebounded the Knights 53-33 on the boards for the game. Those offensive rebounds created a lopsided 17 second-chance points as opposed to the Knights’ four. Liam Barry led the Gryphons with a whopping 31 points and 13 rebounds. Lucas Murray and Justin Bailey both recorded double-doubles smashing the boards.
On the flipside Yearwood had another stellar game picking up his career high of 26 points, connecting from deep five times. With the huge advantage in the rebounding category the Knights only lost by five with a score of 67-62 in Sarah Lawrence’s favor.
It was a well-fought game by the Knights coming up just short. Barry and Yearwood put on a show both hitting tough contested jumpers and layups making it interesting for the crowd watching. We wish the Knights good luck for the rest of the season and hope they can make a run at the playoffs.