continued After taking a 22-14 lead into the second quarter, the Black Knights increased their cushion to 28-16 on a Tyson pull-up jumper with 5:56 left in the half.
“We thought in order for us to win we had to beat them up on the offensive glass and we had to pound the ball inside.” Soroney said.
Baker rattled in a 3-pointer for J-D, but Silvers answered taking a lob pass from Collier and finishing over Evan Dourdas. Moments later, holding the ball on the right block, Silvers saw Kinsey running over to double him and dished out a cutting Ahmad McKinney who scored to push the lead to 37-22 with 3:56 left in the half.
Seven Kinsey points keyed an 11-6 run as the Red Rams pulled within 43-33 at the break. A Collier jumper made the Henninger advantage 47-33 1:01 into the third quarter, but the Red Rams battled to keep it close.
A DeRegis 3-pointer 2:21 later brought J-D to within five, 53-48, before Collier found McKinney for an easy lay-up on a cross-court bounce pass. Moments later McKinney rejected Kinsey at one end and recording a three-point play at the other, a huge momentum shift.
“We’re trying to get him to remember anything at this point.,” McKenney said of Kinsey. (But also) we’re trying to get Jafar to just try not be Superman.”
From that point, the Red Rams never got closer than nine points. McKenney’s technical foul for arguing a foul call with three minutes left epitomized J-D’s frustrations, as McKenney said the referee started to call a travel on Silvers before Soroney complained, and the official switched it to a foul on DeRegis.
Collier hit one of the two technical free throws and McKinney followed up a Silvers miss to extend the lead to 74-59 with 3:09 left, all but putting it out of J-D's reach as it fell to 1-2 on the season.
“We’re young,” McKenney said. “With being young there’s going to be some growing pains, but I’m confident there’s enough talent here for us to get better.”
Henninger has fewer concerns at this point. “Being so young, with five new starters, I think we can play much better," Saroney said. "I didn’t expect us to play much better in our first game, but the one nice thing is we have a lot of room for growth.”