Northwestern redshirt junior JerShon Cobb, redshirt freshman Sanjay Lumpkin and assistant coach Pat Baldwin are currently touring with a Global Sports Academy team in Belgium. The squad improved to 2-0 on its trip with a 75-56 victory over Bent Schrenen Waregem in Waregem on Sunday afternoon.
Cobb bounced back from a foul-plagued first game to net 17 points in 23 minutes of action to lead all scorers. Two of Cobb's points came via a breakaway tomahawk dunk to put a cap on GSA's 10-3 run late in the second quarter. Lumpkin played another solid all-around game, contributing 5 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
The GSA cagers have a break from games on Monday and will trek to London to visit Buckingham Palace, see the Changing of the Guard and partake in other sightseeing ventures. They will hit the floor again on Tuesday evening.
Cobb provides the following blog update.
After breakfast this morning, we took off on a trip to Gent, Belgium. In Gent, we walked through town and they were having a big flea market. They were selling everything from clothes, shoes, jewelry and video games. We sat down and had a waffle and water at Koffie 3,14 Thee. Personally, I felt I was overcharged for it. But, that is the price you pay for being in another country. The highlight of the trip was seeing the Castle of the Counts. They started building the castle in 1168 and finished in 1191. The restoration started in 1886 and finished in 1913.
This afternoon, we played a team named Waregem. Waregem is about hour from our hotel in Mechelen. We played really well today. I thought we were very unselfish offensively and played great defense. We held our opponent to 26 points in the 1st half. We ended up winning, 75-56.
I thought I played much better today than I did in the first game. I was able to stay on the floor and avoid foul trouble. I had to adjust the way I played and not be so physical. I was in a much better rhythm and it helped to see my first shot go down. Since Coach Collins has come in, I feel like I'm in better condition. It has really allowed me to play longer and make more of an impact on the game.
I was really impressed with Sanjay today. He was very active and played with a great amount energy. He hit the boards hard and played great defense. I know Sanjay is really excited about being on the floor after redshirting last year.
I'm looking forward to our next game and building off of this win. Right now, we are heading back to the hotel to relax for a while. Wi spr ekenu later nog. In the Flemish language that means "We'll talk to you later!"