Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hawaii 65, CMU 62; Ernie Zeigler: "It's really clear we having something here."

Derek Jackson's last-second shot from halfcourt hit the right side of the backboard early Tuesday morning and the Chippewas fell 65-62 against Hawaii in the final game of the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu.

CMU (1-2) got 24 points and five rebounds from freshman Trey Zeigler in 37 minutes. Zeigler also had five turnovers.

Senior Jalin Thomas added 14 points in 36 minutes. Jackson had eight points, but went 3-for-12 from the field and had three turnovers.

CMU went 6-for-25 (24 percent) from 3-point range. The Chippewas totaled a paltry five assists.

Thomas was named to the all-tournament team after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in the team's opening win against Cal State Fullerton.

Quotes from coach Ernie Zeigler (via cmuchippewas.com)

"It's really clear that we have something here. I told the guys, we can't get too down. We have the substance there to do something special."

"We're going to be a good team. Eventually, good teams find a way to win these games. I'm really pleased with the way we battled. I think we grew and fought through some adversity."

"The home team normally is able to reap the benefits in terms of getting to the foul line. That was probably the difference as we were going back-and-forth."

"Amir Rashid is really hobbling right now. Right now he's a shell of himself with that knee. We started Derek out of necessity. We started Andre because of Hawaii's size."

"We took way too many 3s around the (Hawaii) zone (defense)."

"(Trey)'s got to get better defensively. He has lapses. For him, 37 minutes is a whole lot of minute for him tonight to have to handle the ball and stay locked in defensively. I think he's been consistent and for most freshmen, that's one of the hurdles."

"We had a lot of sad faces in there because our goal was to come here and win three games."

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