By: Jacob Rogers
The Rochester College Warriors men’s basketball team traveled to Ypsilanti, Mich. to take on NCAA D1 Eastern Michigan University on Nov. 6. RC fell to the Eagles by a final score of 77-67, making them 0-11 in their all-time series. The Warriors were led by senior guard/forward Kash Blackwell who put up 21 points and nine rebounds on 8-15 shooting. EMU was led by senior guard Paul Jackson, who had 27 points and seven assists on 11-19 shooting.
Although the Warriors were on the latter end of the scoreboard, head coach Klint Pleasant was happy with his team’s performance.
“Overall, I was very pleased with our performance against a major NCAA D1 team that is picked to win their division within their conference,” Pleasant said. “I was very proud of our effort. We sustained their initial punches early and then settled in and executed and played hard. My hope is that our guys gained confidence and we left as a better team.”
The Warriors made 11 three-pointers as a team, lead by Blackwell with four. Senior guards Justin Nafso and Kahlil Gracey each contributed two threes a piece.
“We don’t overly emphasize the three ball, but we are certainly not bashful in shooting the three, as we have several capable shooters,” Pleasant said.
Blackwell had his highest scoring output of the season, and Pleasant sees him as a leader for the team.
“Kash does so many things well,” Pleasant said. “He’s truly a complete player and is positionless. Most important, he has become a leader and someone who now teaches our culture to younger players.”
The Warriors will be back in action Nov. 9, against St. Ambrose University. The game will be held at Indiana University Northwest and is scheduled for a 5 p.m. tip-off CST.