- At this point in the always difficult HAAC season every game becomes a "must win" for a team when they're trying to not only solidify a spot in post-season play, but a home court game.
The Jacket men's basketball team is in rarified territory as the 2011-2012 regular season winds down. Graceland, who entered Thursday's game with a record of 17-10 overall and 9-7 in HAAC play, not only has a shot of finishing third in conference and hosting a home game, but could potentially still earn a berth into the national tournament.
On the road against Peru State College, GU outplayed the Bobcats for 40 minutes in a dominating 82-66 win.
Head Coach Jeffrey Hamilton
felt his team was ready Thursday, but is well aware that at this point in the season, no team can be taken lightly.
"We had a great week of practice and it showed tonight," said Hamilton after the win. "We're really playing well on both ends of the court right now.
"We've approached every game like it's a playoff game," he continued. "We can't worry right now about all the things that we hope fall into place for us. We've just got to take care of our own business and keep winning games."
For the second game in a row, Chris Henderson
paced the GU offense. Henderson poured in a career-high 23 points in the Graceland win. Jacket big men Jamal Lawson
and Alex Roth
both had double-doubles in the game. Lawson had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Roth finished with 13 points and 11 boards. Senior guard Brad Burgus
ended the night with 11 points.
The Jackets run their overall record to 18-10 and 10-7 in conference play. Graceland next plays Missouri Valley College this Saturday (senior day) at 4pm in the Closson Center.
Stay tuned to GUjackets.com for continuing coverage of the Graceland men's basketball team and all of Jacket athletics.