3. Al-Amir Dawes and Dylan Addae-Wusu are back folks
One of the biggest concerns for this team was the recent play of star guard Al-Amir Dawes, but those concerns have been alleviated just a bit after a solid game by the senior. He finished this game with a 4-11 shooting clip off a total of 9-16 shooting for 25 points on the night to lead the team. He avoided another cold night like he had against Rutgers and Monmouth, this was impressive with his back against the wall at this point of the season.
It was a concern popping up that Dawes struggled on the road, and even against Power 6 opponents with rough numbers in those situations. But now he has broken that rough spell, and while 4-11 is not perfect, it is still a solid night for the volume shooter, and he knocked down some big shots to keep the momentum in the Pirates' favor. Now, it is a matter of whether or not Dawes continues to play well, or if he reverts to his struggles.
The Pirates also got a great performance out of Dylan Addae-Wusu, who had not had a strong season up until this point. The St. John's transfer showed up in the biggest game of the year though, putting up 20 points off 6-8 shooting with four threes going down. Addae-Wusu also showed how physical of a guard he is with some solid drives to the basket, and six rebounds by the time this game was said and done. Having these two guards back to playing well is a very positive sign for the Pirates because this team is reliant on strong guard play,