First, let's get our facts straight. There were two difficult offensive stretches for GW during the second half. The first one which the original poster refers to came with GW down 51-49. We had Tim, Travis, Herm, Dwayne and David on the floor.They were in the game for just over two minutes and while they looked woefully awkward on offense, they also didn't allow VCU to score during this stretch either. KH put Damian, Lasan and Tony right back into the game. The second and far more costly stretch involved VCU going on a 9-0 run to push a 4 point lead back to 13 over a slightly more than 4 minute period. While we had some subs during the stretch, it was largely Travis, Lasan, Tony, Joseph and David on the floor during this run.
Now that that's out of the way, a bit on Hobbs. No, I don't want him fired, but he does need to find some new ideas on both sides of the ball. To suggest (as Seneca did) that we didn't lose this game on the defensive side of the ball is just crazy. We fell behind by 17 points in the first half because VCU nailed one open 3 pointer after another. While we cut that lead to two and a subsequent 13 point lead down to two, you can not undermine the amount of energy that gets sucked from a team when it has to play from behind. Plus, in the case of both comebacks, we never actually came all of the way back. So if you're talking about WHY we lost the game, I felt the biggest reason was that we were behind 17 in the first half. And WHY that was was due to VCU's 3 point shooting in the first half.
I shake my head when I read or hear things like "you don't epect a team that shoots 35% from 3 for the season to go 10-18 in a half." Yeah, one actually should epect that when their players are being left wide open. I say this once a year so here it comes: any division 1 college player who even semi-regularly shoots 3 pointers has no greater opportunity in the college game than a wide open 3. This is an easy shot; in fact, it seems it's an easier shot than a free throw. Why? Because these players religiously practice shooting 3's (unlike free throws). The "2 guys chasing the ball" defense can only work if a defense is forcing close to 25 turnovers a game. Otherwise, opponents are being given way too many opportunities to etend runs, change momentum, etc., simply by making wide open 3's. VCU shot 1-9 from 3 in the second half. Sure some of this was likely due to fatigue but a lot of this was because we changed up our defense in the second half and did a lot less of the "two guys chasing the ball routine." Actually, for all of the crap that KH is taking today, this was a good halftime adjustment. I only wish we hadn't started the way we had.
On offense, there is a lot of work to be done. Dwayne Smith and Brian Bynes need to learn how to play more under control; David Pellom needs Rob Diggs to tutor him; Joe Katuka needs to learn how to better handle double-teams, etc., etc. But more than individual skills, this team needs a new offense. There is still way too much 5 guys standing around although this aspect did improve over the course of a season. Passes are still too lackadaisical at times. It is one thing to show poise and work for a good shot on offense. It is quite another to fail to begin to even run your offense until the shot clock is under 15 or 10 seconds. The one-on-one attempts too often turn into one-on threes. Finally, there are more shooters on this team than meet the eye. Everyone needs to work on shooting this off-season, and with some luck, a new offense designed to free up shooters will be in place come October.