The men’s basketball team (2-3) broke their two game losing streak with a much needed 89-55 victory over Furman (2-2) Saturday night at TD Arena.
After a series of disappointing outings, Anthony Stitt had a great bounce-back performance with a game leading 21 points.
“I was just making shots today,” Stitt said. “In the first four games I was getting good looks that I wanted, I just didn’t make the shots. All my teammates believed in me, they told me to just keep shooting and my coaches did too, so I knew it was going to fall eventually and today just happened to be that day.”
The Cougars started the game shaky offensively having a tough time running plays as a team but as the game progressed they found their momentum shooting 53.3 percent for the half to take a 37-30 lead into the locker-room.
In the second half the Cougars returned to the court and completely took control. The Cougars stayed effective from the field ending the game with a 56.9 percentage mark and tallied 18 points off Furman turnovers to help pull away for the victory.
“We have a tough task at hand against San Diego State and Creighton and Arizona State next Thursday and Friday,” head coach Doug Wojcik said. “But we probably won tonight because of teams [Louisville, Charlotte, Miami] we played during the first two weeks.”
The Cougars will look to use Saturday’s victory as a boost of confidence as they prepare to go into the Wooden Legacy Tournament in Anaheim where they will first take on San Diego State. Tip-off against the Aztecs on Nov. 28th is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.