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HC 25, SIU 30, halftime

Somewhere on my notepad I wrote: "Thomas and Simmons are wound tight."

Again, "Simmons can't make anything."

"Thomas wild shot".

Now it's halftime, and I'm still waiting for the Thomas and Simmons I saw destroy Lehigh during the season and Bucknell during the final. I know the Salukis are one of the best defensive teams in the tournment, but some of these missed shots were definitely missed open jumpers and "tightness".

The game was tied when freshman Van Der Baan got his third foul. That's when the complexion changed and Southern Illinois strung a few fast breaks together to get sa 5 point lead.

If I'm Willard, I'm saying to stick to the gameplan. The shots will fall and they're not exactly shooting the lights out. In the back of my head, I'd be thinking of the Butler game yesteday. Old Dominion got victimized by the 3-pointer midway through the second half and the Bulldogs never looked back. Willard should guard the perimeter and avoid the three-point killers - imperative in a tight defensive game like this.

Holy Cross is only down by five, and they're in a fine place to be. Courage, you Crusaders. This is very, very doable.

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