April 15, 2024

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Knights continue rugged road trip with upset of Stony Brook

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Kevin Baggett has been with the Knights long enough to know that a rough road trip early in the season isn’t the end of the world. But he also realises that the Knights need to take a hard look at themselves after a 55-48 loss to Stony Brook on Monday night, where poor shooting percentages led to a four-game losing streak.

“The Broncos are now 1-4,” Baggett said, “and there are still a lot of games left to play.” I’m not giving up on the season. I just know get back to work and figure it out. Make some adjustments to the lineup and hopefully some of the players that are coming on and some of the players that are struggling will help us move on.”

Ryder has failed to break 60 points in any of its last three games. They have led for a total of just 2:57 against Division I opponents – mostly in the opening minutes of Monday’s game – and have shot under 34 percent from the field in each of the last three games.

Knights continue rugged road trip with upset of Stony Brook

In Monday’s game, the Mustangs shot 33.3 percent from the field and 3-of-21 from 3-point range (Stony Brook shot even worse from 3-point range, going 1-of-19, but ended up winning the game). Additionally, they were a whopping 18-4 from the free throw line and missed two important shots that would have cut the deficit to one with 3:07 left in the game.

All of which made for a long bus ride home.

“We’re not going to make shots,” Baggett said.” What I’m counting on …… players, they’re not here to help us right now.”

Over the past four games, Aaron Powell is 8-of-44 from the field (18.2 per cent), TJ Weeks Jr. is 8-of-32 (25 per cent) and Tariq Ingraham is 7-of-26 (26.9 per cent). That equates to three-fifths of the starting lineup (Melvin James ended up with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Corey McKesson was stellar on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor).

These weren’t controversial missed shots.

“If you’re a good, strong-willed player, you can make those shots,” Baggett said.” That’s what I know. I have to believe that someday some people are going to start making shots, but we have to make some adjustments to the lineup. That’s just the way it is. We’ll make adjustments.

It’s hard to say what those changes will look like. DJ Dudley Jr, Ruben Rodriguez and JT Langston Jr. could all be options to reshuffle the starting lineup, but none of those players really caught on Monday night.

“Merwin and Corey do fight. I know they do. We need everybody else in the lineup to do the same,” Baggett said.” Instead of worrying about scoring, stop and grab a few more rebounds, caps, and make free throws when they’re in position. We missed two free throws to cut the lead to one again. We struggled in those areas …… It’s all about mental toughness. Their guys made free throws and we didn’t. It’s all about mental toughness.”

Before Siena begins MAAC play, the Knights will have another daunting journey ahead of them – the Knights will arrive in Maryland on Nov. 28, with the Thanksgiving holiday coming at just the right time.

“Look in the mirror,” Baggett said.” Ask yourself what you could have done better. We all go back and reflect. That’s all. We’re going to be OK.

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