Yet another game where a few players did well individually but as a whole the team did not play well. This time the problem was turnovers as the Panthers totaled an incredible 23. Travon Woodall led the way with 6, while Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson had 5, and Lamar Patterson had 4. The scariest part is that these are the four players who will probably get the most minutes this season.
On the positive side Gibbs led the team with 18 points thanks to four 3 pointers, while Dante Taylor came off the bench to get 15 points and 10 rebounds. Clearly Khem Birch getting the start over him gave him a bit of a wake up call. The only other player to impress was freshman John Johnson who went 3 for 3 on three pointers and ended up with 9 points. The Panthers also had a 34-14 rebounding advantage.
Back to the negative, Patterson had 10 points but fouled out of the game, while the other turnover machines, Woodall and Robinson, had 9 points and 6 assists, and 7 points and 6 rebounds, respectively. It was the second subpar game in a row for Robinson.
Birch, J.J. Moore, and Talib Zanna, who all have been playing well and exciting fans about their futures. Tonight, however, Birch had 2 points and 5 rebounds, Moore had 5 points and 3 rebounds, and Zanna had 5 points and 1 rebound.
Next up for the 6-1 Panthers is at Tennessee on Saturday. That game will go a long way in showing just where the Panthers are at this point of the season.