Racers looking for ways to beat Belmont
MURRAY, KY - To beat the best, you have to play the best. That is what Murray State will have to do this Thursday night when they host the Belmont Bruins.
"We cant give them easy buckets," Head Coach Steve Prohm said. "They are so efficient as it is. They score 83 points per game and are shooting 46 percent from 3, 54 from the field. They are having a tremendous year."
In order to keep the fast paced Bruins from scoring, it's the Racers who need to control the tempo of the game.
"Do I think we need to take quick shots against Belmont? Definitely no." Prohm said. "That gives them more opportunities to score. We need to be patient and take good shots and execute on the offensive end."
It's the offensive end that is key to beating Belmont. In the Bruins four losses this season, opponents have averaged more than 47 percent from the field. Murray State hasn't done that since they played Eastern Illinois three weeks ago.
"We just got to shoot a bunch of free throws and shots before and after practice this week," Prohm said. "If we put in the time, eventually we will start to make baskets. Earlier in the year we shot the ball well against great teams. We're just struggling from the three point line and with free throws."
In the last three games the Racers are just 9 of 56 from the three point line, including Isaiah Canaan's 3 of 17. But the senior is confident he will find his rhythm soon.
"Whatever shot is open I take it and I believe that it is going in," Canaan said. "It's just a matter of time before things get going. I miss a lot of shots but I also make a lot of them."