RTD: Rodriguez getting stroke back, Smart not happy with D


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Apr 19, 2009

Inconsistent shooting was starting to wear on Virginia Commonwealth point guard Joey Rodriguez. That's why a trip home to Florida for Christmas and a big game Tuesday came at the right time.

Rodriguez hit 7 of 14 shots and finished with a season-high 19 points in an 82-74 victory over East Carolina. Seven of his points came as the Rams pulled away with a 19-5 finishing kick.

He also had five rebounds, five assists, three steals and one turnover in 33 minutes.
Rodriguez was shooting just 22.2 percent on 3-pointers and 33.3 percent overall before Tuesday. The trip home, he said, served as a refresher.

"I've been concentrating on other things," said Rodriguez, now 11 for 22 in his past three games. "I'm definitely starting to get back into the groove and shoot a little bit more."

VCU coach Shaka Smart was not happy with the Rams' defensive effort against East Carolina and labeled their shot selection as "fair."
"Larry caught the ball a lot of times in the long post, which is not the low post on the block and in the lane," he said. "It's outside, 6, 7, 8, 9 feet from the basket or even more.

"We ended up shooting a lot of jump shots. We shot 29 3s for the game, which normally I don't mind, but I think that's a little bit too many for a game when a huge point of emphasis was to touch the paint. . . . I think we had an advantage there we could have exploited better."
Reading the "odds and ends" section of the above R/T Dispatch article sounds as we are playing better than last year. Interesting. Who would have predicted that when both Grant and Maynor left last spring?
At least Coach Smart recognizes we are not wreaking havoc, just more like reeking on the defensive end.