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In his words: Saint Francis coach talks on loss to rival

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LaCross liked his team's effort despite outcome

Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 8:56 am

Saint Francis fell to Indiana Wesleyan 81-80 Saturday in Crossroads League men's basketball action at the Hutzell Athletic Center.

Cougar coach talked with The News-Sentinel following the loss on a number of topics:

On his team competing:

"I felt like our guys battled and competed for 40 minutes and that is all you can ask. Unfortunately, they made some plays down the stretch. (Indiana Wesleyan senior center R.J. Mahurin) was huge. It came down to one or two plays and they made them.

"The intensity and competing, we were there in the whole game."

On his team's defense:

"We weren't as sharp defensively. We got spread out too much and were more focused on their 3-point shooters than being in our gaps. We stopped making (Indiana Wesleyan senior guard Jordan Weidner) make decisions on ball screens. His decision was to go to the basket or throw it to Mahurin every single time. We needed to force him to make a decision, whether to kick it out or make somebody else beat us. We didn't do that."

On defending Indiana Wesleyan's ball screen action:

"The adjustment that we made was to bring whoever was setting the screen (Saint Francis junior forward Austin Fox) would guard and then we'd just switch it. But the biggest thing was on the hedge, they cleared out the one side and the (Saint Francis) guy on the weak side was not in the lane. He should have been over there.

"On the hedge, the roll guy is going to be open, but it's got to be everybody else that follows suit in rotations."