In their win yesterday over Weber State, the Griz were led ins coring by Kareem Jamar, but the player with his best performance of the year was senior center Eric Hutchison.
"Hutch was great, we had somebody else starting half an hour before the game, and we just saw a look in his eye that we made that change," says head coach Wayne Tinkle
Earlier in the week, Hutchison and coach Tinkle had a heart to heart conversation about the season.
"He was kind of questioning whether I was all in or not at points, and I didn't like that, so I came and talked to him about it, and told him it's my senior year, and I've got a month left, and I'm all in or nothing," explains Hutchison.
Between the conversation and intensity of the Weber State game, Hutchison finished with nine points and several key defensive plays down the stretch.
"He got in a little foul trouble in the first half, but second half he was really big for us, he got us some good put-backs, and showed some great maturity and leadership out there, so super proud of Hutch," says Tinkle.
"I was focused beyond belief, and I've just got one direction and that's forward, and I think that's the way our team is thinking right now," says Hutchison.
While coach Tinkle wouldn't say the win over Weber meant anything more than the previous 7 conference wins, he admits the timing of it was good.
"Getting a win against the leader has a lot of ramifications potentially down the road, so a very good night, but it doesn't mean anything, we've got to come back and get one on Saturday too," says Tinkle.