The Cards had a slow start, but used a 51-point second half to cruise to a 79-51 season opening win against Manhattan. Russ Smith led all scorers with 23 points. He also had 5 steals with just 2 turnovers. Russ is playing at a very high level right now.
Outside of Russ, the Cards had a very balanced scoring attack. Peyton Siva and Kevin Ware each finished with 10 points, while Gorgui Dieng had 9. Luke Hancock and Chane Behanan chipped in with 8 a piece.
Siva had a couple of unforced turnovers early on, but overall I was very impressed with his performance. He finished with 10 assists and did a great job of getting his teammates involved. At times, I’d like to see him a little more aggressive offensively, but on a night like tonight it didn’t matter much.
The two biggest concerns for this team after the two exhibition games were outside shooting and rebounding. The Cards managed to make 8 3-pointers tonight, but shot a total of 30. The Cards did a good job at moving the ball and find...