JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – The University of North Florida men’s basketball team opened its 2005-06 season and the school’s Division I era on Tuesday night with a 77-62 win over Division II North Greenville University in a game that looked easy on paper.
Too often statistics can be misleading.
The Ospreys (1-0) shot 51 percent for the game and got 21 points from senior forward Alain Laroche in his UNF debut to outman and outmuscle
The victory did not come easy for the Ospreys. UNF overcame a 21-10 first-half deficit with a 30-12 run to end the half and then finally put the Crusaders (1-3) away in the final five minutes with another big run fueled by the Ospreys’ full-court press.
“You have to give credit to
Laroche transferred to UNF after earning first-team NAIA All-America honors at York (
Senior Derrick Scott added 13 points, while Chris Timberlake and Carl McNally had 11 points each. UNF led 40-33 at halftime but couldn’t shake
Strong 3-point shooting kept the Crusaders in the game despite 24 turnovers.
”Things seem to be falling into an ugly pattern,” said Crusader head coach Chad Lister. “We seem to be able to start games very strong, execute well, and get some easy baskets early. Unfortunately, something happens late in the first half that causes us to move away from what has been successful.”
The Crusaders, who fall to 1-3, will return to action November 29th as they host