Attendance for Wednesday night’s men’s basketball game at Clune Arena was listed at 1,093.
That doesn’t include the players, the refs, the coaches and the writers at courtside. But it seemed like it.
Mid-way through the first half, I glanced around the arena. Seven of the 28 sections in the upper level of Clune were completely empty. Four of the sections had just two people in them. Three of the sections had a lone fan.
And it’s not like it was standing room only in the lower sections.
So what is it?
It wasn’t the weather – the roads were fine. It wasn’t a holiday or holiday weekend. And there wasn’t any killer, must-see football game on television.
Is it residual damage from the debacle that was last season? Is it the next-to-nothing Q rating of the nonconference opponents? Is it the halftime entertainment? (That couldn’t be – I dug the Pikes Peak Jugglers). Is it sports apathy in Colorado Springs?
Maybe the crowds will get bigger once conference play begins. Maybe fans will return if Air Force keeps winning. We’ll see.
-Tough to take too much from tonight’s game considering the Eagles’ ineptitude – in the first half they made 7-of-21 shots from the floor (including just 1-of-8 3-pointers) and turned the ball over nine times.
(I was told the Eagles were better than the 1-6 record they brought into the game. Um, no. They were worse).
But with that said, the Falcons executed the offense as well as I’ve seen this season. Cuts were crisp and decisive and the ball movement was good. The defense was pretty good too.
-Evan Washington dropped a career-high 19 points. His confidence seems to increase every day. More on Evan in Saturday’s paper.
-Five freshmen got a chance to play off the bench tonight, including Michael Lyons, Todd Fletcher and Zach Bohannon, who played 17, 15 and 13 minutes, respectively. Getting the young players time should pay dividends down the road.