UWF men’s basketball drops conference home opener
By Tony Mixon
Senior point guard Rashaan Benson’s 23 points is not enough against Christian Brothers as University of West Florida lost their conference opener 71-60.
After winning the first two games of the season, the once nationally ranked Argos (3-3) find themselves reeling losing three of their last four games. Coach Jeff Burkhamer said he doesn’t like Benson carrying the load that he’s been carrying.
“He has to do too much, some other guys got to help him,” Burkhamer said. “He needs to score some, but he can’t be our main scorer. He needs to be a guy that’s helping other guys get shots.”
Benson came into this season averaging 10.6 points per game and now is averaging a career best 16.7 points per game thus far.
The senior point guard has been able to distribute the ball over the course of his career, but this year has been a more aggressive scorer considering his back-to-back 20+ point games.
Burkhamer mentioned last week after the Spring Hill game that communication is something they needed to get better at, gaving up 16 threes and Christian Brothers came into the game averaging 12.2 made threes a game.
They still believe communication is something they need to get better at, but it was tough guarding a player like Adam Dieball from Christian Brothers.
“He’s a 6-foot-9 point guard and they run everything through him and he’s a terrific passer,” said Burkhamer. “I thought we did a great job not letting him a great assist guy tonight and he did a great job banging down inside.”
It was a back and forth game, with both teams scrapping and clawing for separation in the game. The Score was 53-53 with a little over three minutes left in the game.
Christian Brothers’ Dieball hit a three to put them up 56-53 that sparked a 10-0 run in their favor.
The Argos never gave up even being down 11 points with :59 seconds to go in the game. Maxwell Benoit and Benson hit a three pointer in a span of 20 seconds to bring the game within five points.
In the end, they couldn’t close the gap and got hot from deep a little too late.
The Argos look to bounce back on Saturday as they have another home conference game against Union.