ABERDEEN - West Point’s recent success has come from a lot of factors, but head coach Brad Cox points to his defense.
The Green Wave picked up their third win in four games Thursday, 85-62 over West Oktibbeha.
“Our defense has been getting better over the last few games,” he said. “Just the effort and intensity has been better and the guys are buying into that. They’re starting to see when you play defense well, we can get things in transition and open some things up.”
West Point 8-11, had another hot first half performance and grabbed a 22-8 lead in the opening quarter. The Green Wave carried over that momentum into the second, scoring a game-high 29 points for a 51-31 advantage at the half.
“We had a lot of different guys hitting shots,” Cox said. “They came out in a zone and we were able to shoot outside and when they switched to man, we were able to drive the basket.”
West Oktibbeha rebounded in third quarter after going on a run to cut the lead to within half a dozen on the Green Wave while giving up just seven points.
West Point shrugged off the cold period and gave themselves plenty of leg room in the fourth, scoring 27-points.
While good defense seems to have stopped opponents on a nightly basis, offensively, the Green Wave have gotten a spark from the bench.
Rico Robinson led the team in scoring with 22-points, one of three players to finish in double figures. He also had six 3-pointers, all in the first half. Cortez Malone had 20 while Daryl Thomas knocked down 13-pointds.
Cox said Robinson has been the spark off the bench the last few games for the Green Wave.