Nearly half the players on the visitors roster are freshman and they simply weren’t ready for the unpredictable Endicott defense.
“They (Endicott) switched their defense, sometimes mid-shot clock. When you have a young team they don’t see it as much and it takes time for them to settle down,” said Lesley head coach Donald Morris, whose club is 0-2. “They apply a lot of pressure and to beat pressure you have to be aggressive and we weren’t doing that in the first half.”
The Lynx found their way back in the game behind the hot hand of Mike Kaufman (22 points), who connected on 7 of 9 long range field goals including four trifectas in the second half. Lesley finished 10 of 17 behind the arch but Rowe and the Gulls were able to force the visitors to take the ball inside.
“They made a couple baskets and they had some open looks but they were NBA threes,” said Rowe. “Defensively we made a couple of wrinkles and were able to stem the tide in the last five minutes. Makris and Henault, their veteran leadership was huge the last five minutes.”
Endicott did have one glaring weakness. Despite all the good work done to beat the press, the Gulls turned the ball over 16 times and most came in half court, offensive possessions. On the bright side, the team dominated on the glass out-rebounding Lesley 53-30.
“We have some guys who have a nose for the ball,” said Rowe. “I’d like to say its the coaching but trust me its not. We have some great athletes.”