You can forgive the Saint Francis men’s basketball statistician if he gets a bit perplexed this winter while recording points during Cougar games. After all, he’s been placing marks next to the names of Davis and Owens in abundance over the past four seasons and now neither All-America player is around.
Cougar forward DeJovaun Sawywer Davis and guard Q Owens have graduated and taken a combined 4,108 points (second and third in career points, respectively) with them. So which current Saint Francis player will carry the scoring load this season?
Well, according to the players, it will vary.
“Different people need to step up and pick up the scoring and rebounding and all of the assists,” Cougar center Scott Kohne said. “This is the first time that I’ve been here since Q or (DeJovaun) haven’t been here, so you really don’t have that superstar. It will be more of a team (effort) this year.”
Saint Francis (2-0) will travel to Siena Heights on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Kohne, who is averaging over 20 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game this season, and senior guard Kevin Bloom both repeated the mantra of the production being a group effort, however, according to the guy that supervises the offense, it may vary, but it better have a specific foundation to it.
“I think that our guys know and understand that we need to play through Scott,” third-year Saint Francis coach Chad LaCross said. “I think Scott is going to be our guy, now that doesn’t mean that Scott is going to be our leading scorer every single game, but if he gets double teamed in the post, it’s going to create some openings for our guards.”
Kohne emerged throughout last season and by the time that the Cougars reached the NAIA Division II National Tournament, the Bishop Dwenger High School alum was a force. The 6-foot-7 junior finished the season by averaging over 12 points and nearly six rebounds per game and LaCross believes that his potential is limitless.
“I feel like we have one of the better post players in our league (Crossroads) in Scott,” LaCross said. “He proved himself last year and we’re expecting him to have a really big year.”
The Cougars return three seniors, two guards (Ethan Hussey and Kevin Bloom), and frontcourt athlete Brad Sneary.
Through a pair of exhibition games, Bloom, who has been battling an injury, but is expected to play tonight, has liked what he has seen from this new team.
“We’ve got Scott in the post and we’ve got guys with experience,” Bloom said. “We’re going to move the ball well and we’re going to be more team-oriented. Not that we weren’t in the past, but we just don’t have that one go-to guy that we can rely on to get a bucket.”