By Tom Robinson
Misericordia University men’s basketball coach Will Chandler expressed relief at the preseason news that Alec Rodway’s broken hand would not require surgery and therefore would only cost the senior from Valley View the first few weeks of the season.
“That’s a plus,” Chandler said at the time.
Chandler adjusted the lineup temporarily and looked forward to the time Rodway would return as the team’s point guard, something that happened Monday night in the sixth game of the season for the Cougars.
“He’s our guy,” Chandler said. “He’s our pit bull on defense.
“He makes our team go.”
Rodway played 26 minutes in the 65-63 loss to Neumann University that dropped Misericordia to 4-2. He had a team-high four assists while committing just two turnovers.
The JB Hoops alum has played 72 games and started 49 of them at Misericordia, which enters the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom season Wednesday night at Wilkes University as the preseason favorite.
Rodway led the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio last season, both in conference play (2.1) and overall (1.9). The 5-foot-10 guard started in 25 of the 26 games he played for the NCAA Division III Tournament team. He averaged 3.5 points and 3.2 assists.
During his sophomore season, Rodway also tied for the best turnover-to-assist ratio in the MAC Freedom at 2.3. It was in that season that Rodway posted his career-high of 12 assists in a game at Eastern.