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    Default NNU vs. WWU ... great game

    Offensive firepower at its best last night in Nampa, both teams shooting 50 percent from the field and WWU red hot from 3-point land, 56 percent. Great crowd, church night/$2 tickets, got 1,200 in the stands, need more promotions. Middle and high school kids could go to the admissions table and get free t-shirts, women's and men's teams signed picture autographs after each game. Really nice to see NNU doing this; I hope other GNAC schools will also do this.

    WWU is an interesting club, super long and tall. I can see how they beat WOU as outside of Chirnside/Hawken/Boughman, Wolves aren't super tall and WWU is. They sacrifice defensive quickness for height and the ability to get off shots. Backcourt is not quick, but savvy -- if they tried this in D-1, i.e., no quicks/no point guard, they'd get killed. In D2, it works, especially with shooters like Drechsel (6-6) and Hommes (6-7), who had 25 and 29 points, respectively, Hommes a stunning 7 of 10 from 3-point land.

    NNU kept it tight, Jones and Megwa were dynamic with 26 and 22 points, Megwa not afraid to go into the big tree forest and make shots with guys hanging on him. He's fun to watch. NNU had to scramble and fight hard to keep it close and they did the whole game. WWU meanwhile would just pull up from 3 and knock it down. Score not indicative of how close it was, NNU had to foul down the stretch. Very entertaining game.

    * I don't like to question coaching too much ... I think NNU's Paul Rush is a great coach, but with just under 4 minutes left he pulled Jones, Roth, and I think Bezzant, 3 of his best players, and the subs were not that good. A one-point deficit became 7 in no time. Not sure why he did this, it wasn't foul trouble either. A head-scratcher to me because NNU isn't that deep. Nevertheless, as fun game to be at.

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    1200 people pretty good turn out. Glad those people got a good game

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    Saw this tweet and I thought you might like it tsull.....

    Brett Ballard


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    Recent attendance #’s from schools in a Division 1 conference: 315, 731, 744, 820, 946... Average attendance at a Washburn home game is 2,017! Recruits: just because it’s “D1” doesnt mean its any BIGGER or better. Go to the level that is the best FIT for you!!

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    Default Re: NNU vs. WWU ... great game

    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
    Saw this tweet and I thought you might like it tsull.....

    Brett Ballard


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    Feb 3
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    Recent attendance #’s from schools in a Division 1 conference: 315, 731, 744, 820, 946... Average attendance at a Washburn home game is 2,017! Recruits: just because it’s “D1” doesnt mean its any BIGGER or better. Go to the level that is the best FIT for you!!
    Good stuff ... in the West, Cal Baptist, Dixie (attendance champs in D2 quite often), and Azusa rule at the gate. WOU has improved, but considering they're No. 4 in the nation, the support is weak. CWU put 2,500 in the other night for its rivalry game vs. WWU. I'd like to see NNU keep up the promos because too often it's 200-400 at the gate.

    I'm a Washington State fan, they suck, but they're power 5 and lucky to get 3K at the gate. I'm always surprised these kids venture off to bad D-1 schools far and wide to play in front of 400 fans, instead of playing at the local D2 or small college that gets much bigger crowds.

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