Well, there isn’t much to say about tonight’s game because it wasn’t much to watch. The Monmouth Hawks played pretty well for the first 5 – 10 minutes of the game and then they started to slow down and the whole team just seemed to fall flat. You know, the last time Monmouth played at home was in a fifteen point loss against Sacred Heart. I was at the game with a buddy of mine and he turned to me towards the end of the game and said, “Wow. This wheels really fell off of this one, huh?”
That thought went through my head watching the game tonight. The wheels fell off of the whole thing tonight and it wasn’t fun or exciting to watch most of the game.
Amid all of the doom and gloom, I really feel bad for the student athletes who are out there giving it their all for the entire game. With four students suspended, Monmouth is down to an eight man team. That’s tough for any team to overcome, I don’t care who they are. However, over the last few home games I’ve noticed that there’s something missing from the Monmouth team – there’s a spark missing, there’s an excitement missing, there’s an aggressive determination to win at all costs missing – hell, there’s a student cheering section missing!
Something’s not right in West Long Branch.
Something needs to be done. I don’t know what because I admit that I don’t know enough about running a Division 1 basketball program to know how to bring in what’s missing. But I do know enough to know that these games are getting sadder and sadder.
You can get all of the stats for the game on the official Hawks website. There are 32 pictures of the game below. Enjoy!