#23 drops 23 for WSU but Valpo drops WSU 68-61February 13, 2013
AJ Pacher stepped up big for WSU Tuesday night against Valpo with 7 points in 12 minutes of first half play and 23 points in 24 total game minutes. Along with 6 rounds, 3 assists and steal, that is one impressive line in the box score. Unfortunately, it was not enough to overcome the power game of Valpo as the Raiders fall to 17-9 (8-5).
It was quite the night in the Nutter Center as at least one of the men in stripes appeared to have chip on his shoulder before the game even started. He allegedly was overheard complaining about the hostile crowds he had to deal with. Given that several students and a platinum seat holder were threatened during the game and a former WSU Board of Trustee was ejected from the game, I’d say someone got up on the wrong side of the bed yesterday. This ejected fan reportedly said something about the “pathetic officiating” but nothing vulgar or personal were part of the comments.
The officials did not impact the game’s outcome but they made themselves visible which is not what a quality crew does; officials should essentially go unnoticed as they do their job.
The Raider bench scored 45 of WSU’s 68 points (Pacher 23, Dixon 13 and Arceneauz 9) while the starting five struggled with 6-19 shooting (31%). As a team WSU shot 41% while Valpo shot 49% for the contest. Both teams struggled behind the arc shooting around 24%.
After playing 4 games in nine days last night, the Raiders are off until Feb 20 when the travel to Cleveland. Then up is the Bracketbuster game against Evansville on Feb. 23, and finally, the last regular season home game against Youngstown on March 2.
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