Mavs need to come together to snap skid
It’s still early in the season, but there’s no time to waste.
The Colorado Mesa University men’s basketball team is looking to shake off a two-game losing streak and make a run in the RMAC.
The quest begins against CSU-Pueblo (6-5, 3-4 RMAC) at 7:30 on Friday night at Brownson Arena. CMU plays the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (5-8, 4-3 RMAC) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“It was almost like we had a hangover from the night before,” CMU junior guard Jeff Hart said of the Mavs’ losses to No. 1 Metro State and Regis last weekend. “You could tell there wasn’t a lot of enthusiasm when it should’ve been the opposite. It was dead environment (Saturday at Regis).
“That’s where we as a team need to come together and make sure we bring a lot of enthusiasm as a team.”
CMU coach Jim Heaps wasn’t upset with the loss to Metro State, but was disappointed in the loss to Regis.
“Saturday we got away from what we do,” Heaps said. “We didn’t recognize the advantage we had. We looked at film and we wasted 18 or 19 possessions. We didn’t run our offense the way we’re supposed to run it.
“There are no excuses. It should not matter whether we’re playing the No. 1 team in the country or the last place team in the conference. I can understand us losing, but I can’t understand us not executing our stuff.”
Hart said the Mavericks each took it upon themselves to single-handedly beat Regis and it didn’t work.
“In game when you’re struggling, a lot of people will try to take it upon themselves and shoot it a lot,” Hart said. “When they’re not shooting well, it could actually hurt a team rather than help. What we need is someone to step up on the defensive end and play with intensity. We have the kids to score.
“We need someone to keep the team tight and bring a lot of leadership and make sure we stay on track. Sometimes when there’s not a lot of enthusiasm you have five individuals trying to get the team going. Saturday it resulted in a lot of individualistic play rather than team play.”
It’s not a question of talent, but simply working hard.
“We’ve got to come out and play hard,” Hart said. “This is a big weekend for us. We need to take care of business and come out with a couple big wins.
“We need to take care of these next couple weekends. You’ve got to expect adversity. You hope it comes later in the season than earlier because now we are in a position we can’t lose any more games.”
Heaps wants the Mavericks to get back to running the ball through the post offensively, especially when they have a height advantage, like they do against most opponents.
“What’s past is past,” Heaps said. “We have to show up Friday night and take care of our mistakes and play at a high level.
“We need to recognize our advantage and play to it. Our leaders need to make sure we’re ready. As a result, everybody will be more successful.”