University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball coach Bill Walker admits he let his team have it at halftime Saturday.
words he used, Walker’s message was heard loud and clear. The Prairie
Stars came alive in the second half and pulled off a 79-63 win over
William Jewell in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at The Recreation
and Athletic Center.
“We needed that, definitely,” UIS senior guard Jamall Millison said about Walker’s halftime speech.
Senior guard JJ Cravatta said Walker got the team’s attention.
“That was the turning point for us,” Cravatta said. “To let us know to take this stuff personally.”
had reasons to go into the locker room less than pleased. He was
unhappy with the effort, and UIS made just eight of its 29 shots from
the field in the first half. Despite shooting 27.6 percent, UIS only
trailed 37-30 at halftime.
“In 27 years, I
probably threw the biggest tantrum I’ve ever thrown and I’m a little
embarrassed by it,” Walker said. “I said, ‘You can’t let bad shooting
affect your defense. We were missing shots and our defense dropped off.
We really went flat (in the first half). Our energy translated into our
A spirited late push led to UIS earning its first conference win of the season.
3-pointers and finished with a game-high 24 points. Freshman center Zach
Steinberg contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds. Cravatta had 13
The story was featured in The State-Journal-Register on January 17, 2016.
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