By John Manley
A sage once noted that showing up represents 80 percent of the job. When you’re playing basketball and you’ve got guys in zebra-striped shirts hovering, you’ve got to do more than just show up; you’ve got to stay out on the floor. Unfortunately for Susan Moran, a freshman forward for St. Joseph’s of Philadelphia, the referees found occasion to blow their whistles at Moran’s transgressions on four occasions in both games of the First Union Hawk Classic, thereby limiting her minutes.
Moran, from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, saw just 16 minutes of playing time in a first-round blowout of Iona, 62-36. She dropped two field goals for 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. In the championship game, a 62-55 loss to North Carolina State, Moran played 23 minutes, clicking on 3 of 8 from the field and 2 of 4 from the foul line for 8 points. She led the Hawks in rebounding with 7.
Moran then showed how potent a force she can be as she steered clear of trouble against 25th-ranked George Washington, against which she played 38 minutes. Moran was the game’s high scorer and rebounder with a career-high 26 points and 13 caroms, respectively, as the Hawks upset G.W., 62-59. Six of Moran’s rebounds came off the offensive board. Her points were earned on 10 of 15 shooting from the floor and 6 of 9 from the foul line. The 26 points was the most by a St. Joe’s freshman since 1977. The Hawks are 7-5 overall and 2-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Chalk up another double-double for Rider’s Ken Lacey. The Irish national team veteran from Stroudsburg, Pa., scored 11 points and got his hands on 10 rebounds in the Broncs’ 75-64 victory over Hampton. The 6-foot-9 junior plugged 5 of 9 field goal attempts and 1 of 4 free throws. His dominance down low was underlined by the 4 shots he blocked and the 2 steals he picked off.
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Lacey hit double figures in the point column in a 60-57 loss to Tennessee-Chattanooga. Again, he hit on 5 of 9 from the floor and swished all 3 tries from the foul line for 13 points. He had 3 rebounds. Rider is 5-5.
Niall Phelan isn’t seeing as much playing time this season as he did last, due largely to a numbers crunch in the backcourt, but the Robert Morris junior was afforded some minutes in Morris’s 91-59 thrashing of Brown.
Phelan, a junior from Dublin, scored 3 points when 1 of his 3 air mailings reached its intended destination. Phelan also had 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Morris is 6-4.