“He walked up to the board and only erased a couple things, which isn’t good,” Willging explained. “He knew we could catch up with them if we did what we needed to do.”
Whatever Coffey said, it worked.
Morrison did start the third quarter with a basket from Mason Sitzmore, but after that, Fulton went on its tear.
The Steamers scored 10 points within a 1:24 stretch, trimming the deficit to four.
Then, the Steamers tacked on six more thanks to timely shooting in the run from Matt Dail, Zach Barber and Kyle Huebner.
“He wanted us to get after it,” Dail said. “We weren’t getting the ball in the middle of their zone as much, and he challenged us to make fouls and put pressure on them.”
Morrison was aware of what its opponent could do, especially with the fact that the road team had won the two earlier matchups this season.
“The last time we played them, they hit nine or so 3-pointers,” Peugh said. “Tonight, they got pretty close to that, and you got to give them credit for giving them shots. Whatever team made the shots down the stretch won the game like we did last week over there.”
And the Steamers did just that, scoring 29 third-quarter points.
“Our second half was huge,” Coffey said. “We had guys who stepped up across the board.”
Fulton got its first tie with Morrison at 34-34 with 4:47 remaining in the third.
The fourth quarter was no different for the Steamers. The Mustangs still held on to the lead, but momentum was rapidly shifting toward Fulton.
It was back and forth for the first couple minutes of the fourth until Fulton took the lead 60-59 with two minutes remaining, and the Steamers never relinquished that lead.
“That’s why basketball games are two halves obviously, and that’s what we learned tonight,” Peugh said. “Just because we were up, we had to go out in the second half and act like it was 0-0, and we did by scoring the first basket, but it really bottomed out after that.”