First victory of 2010? Check.
First road win on the season? Check.
First Conference USA triumph? Check.
Perhaps Ben Braun and Mike Roberts should go it alone more often? I keed, I keed
Just when it sounded like the Owls would blow what was once a 20-point advantage, Jr. F Trey Stanton nails a gigantic 3-pointer to double the lead and lift the Owls to a 69-58 win at East Carolina
. The victory was the Owls' first away from the cozy confines of Tudor Fieldhouse, and it came without the services of two assistant coaches - Louis Reynaud and Kevin Mouton, both of whom were recruiting and one of who (Reynaud) could not make his way to Greenville, N.C., because of the local inclement weather. Braun and Roberts (with a little help from Marco Morcos, for sure) managed just fine as the Owls pulled this one out.
Stanton (18 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks) was huge, perhaps delivering the career-defining moment observers have been waiting two seasons for. Fr. F Arsalan Kazemi proved once again that he is the most willful player on the roster, producing yet another double-double (14 points, 14 boards) and doing so the same day he was profiled nationally by ESPN. So. F Lucas Kuipers (10 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds) continues to make Braun look like John Wooden for inserting him back into the starting lineup, and Fr. G Tamir Jackson (18 points, 3 assists) showcased the poise and leadership the Owls so desperately need. Kudos to all.
Cue Kool & the Gang
! Enjoy this one, fellas, and have a safe flight back to Houston.