A couple of things FIU men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino Jr. would like to see corrected during Saturday afternoon’s home opener against Stephen F. Austin:
In the season-opening loss to Boston College, FIU got outrebounded by 18, a number Pitino found excessive even though FIU is small overall and using 6-6 freshman Jerome Frink at center. Also, while FIU played at the pace that Pitino wanted and used 12 players, he didn’t feel it made the most of that pace.
“We speed teams up, but we’ve got to get the stop on the other end,” Pitino said. “We would force a team to play fast, take a bad shot, but we wouldn’t get the rebound. Or we wouldn’t contain the ball and they’d get a layup.
“I thought we did a lot of good things. But we made a lot of mistakes. Getting down 18, coming back, tying it on the road was a positive. We showed a lot of heart by doing that.”
Frink actually pulled down 10 rebounds in addition to 22 points, the most points in an FIU debut since future NBA player Raja Bell put up 28 in 1997 against Eastern Kentucky.