Turnovers causing problems for Loper men

UNK men's basketball players work on dribbling drills, Nov. 1, 2017 (KHGI)

After a 2–0 start in conference play, UNK men's basketball came up seven points short at Emporia State and Washburn.

The culprit in those losses arrived the same way. UNK lost the points off turnover battle by seven against the Ichabods and nine against the Hornets.

Head coach Kevin Lofton is cracking down on players making the same mistake in practice.

"I know that coach said that if we turn the ball over in practice this week that we're going to do 25 push–ups and we don't want to do push–ups so that's helped a lot," senior guard Yashua Trent said.

UNK is the second most turned-over team in the MIAA with a -2.42 turnover margin, giving it up, on average, 13.8 times per game.

"Obviously if we do a better job moving the ball and having higher percentage in shots, that might help us out a lot a great deal," said Lofton. "Other than that it's just what we do in practice, everything we do on a daily basis."

"I think that if we start being more aggressive with the ball then that is going to help out a lot," echoed Trent.

UNK gets a chance to see how well they hang on to the basketball against Hastings College, Tuesday night at the Health and Sports Center.

Then the Lopers receive a nice chunk of time off before they get back into MIAA basketball, Jan. 4 at Southwest Baptist.

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