Take it out on someone else.
With its superior depth and team speed, the Wildcats ran out to a big lead, hit its free throws late and came away with a 65-53 Northern Indiana Conference victory at Algie Oldham Gymnasium Friday night.
Riley (5-2, 2-0 NIC) remained atop the NIC standings and can now put its come-from-ahead 80-75 non-conference loss to Adams three days earlier to rest.
"Everybody kept asking, 'How are you going to respond (to the loss)?'," said Riley head coach Mark Johnson. "The tough loss was over. This was a tough win. The thing is we are improving and that is the key to everything we do. We want to be better today than we were yesterday."
Mishawaka (2-1, 1-1 NIC) was without the services of 6-foot-7 three-year starter Cody Childress (13 ppg, 8 rpg). Riley led wire-to-wire and by halftime had already shuffled in nine players with six reaching the scoring column. By contrast, the Cavemen relied primarily on six players and had more than half its points (27) come from one source - senior Chris Mitchell.
"This was a big win for us," continued Johnson. "Mishawaka is extremely well coached and they play hard. I thought we had good ball movement. We didn't have too much isolation stuff. It's a process. We have to keep improving and that is what we are trying to do."
Brock Cosey led the Wildcats with 26 points, 11 from the foul line in the last 1:40 of the game.
Freshman Reontre Lawrence added a dozen points and junior Ja'mare Washington tallied 11 to go with a team-high nine rebounds. Riley was 20-for-30 from the charity stripe overall, with Cosey nailing 12 of 16.
"It's nice to see us go to the line. That's part of our offense," Johnson said.
The lead reached 18 midway through the third quarter, but behind the effort of Mitchell and Mike Buchanan, the Cavemen did get the deficit below 10 before Cosey's late-game parade to the free throw line. Buchanan finished with 10 points and tied Mitchell for team rebounding honors with nine.
"I felt like whenever we were close to making a run, Riley certainly answered back," said Mishawaka head coach Ryan Watson. "They play a lot of guys, they know their roles, and it probably lined up like we thought it would. Their scorers scored, their defenders defended and their rebounders rebounded. I was proud of our effort though."
RILEY 65, MISHAWAKA 53
At South Bend
MISHAWAKA: Mike Buchanan 3 4-5 10, Tyler Gruler 0 0-0 0, Don Mitchell 3 1-1 7, TJ Hursey 2 1-2 6, Chris Mitchell 11 2-3 27, Jacob Schmatz 0 0-0 0, Caleb Gabler 0 0-0 0, Peyton Staples 0 3-4 3. TOTALS: 19 11-15 53.
RILEY: JaQuan Walker 0 0-0 0, Alan Redd 1 3-4 5, Torreay Harris 2 0-0 4, Micah Williams 3 0-0 7, Sherard Cosey 0 0-0 0, Miquan Patton 0 0-0 0, Brock Cosey 6 12-16 26, Keyshawn Winbush 0 0-0 0, Reontre Lawrence 4 4-4 12, Joshua Hodge 0 0-2 0, Ja'mare Washington 5 1-4 11. TOTALS: 21 20-30 65.
3-pointers: Mishawaka 4 (C. Mitchell 3, Hursey), Riley 3 (B. Cosey 2, Williams). Fouls (fouled out): Mishawaka 21 (Staples, C. Mitchell), Riley 15 (none); Records: Mishawaka 2-1 (1-1 NIC), Riley 5-2 (2-0 NIC).
Officials: Wes Yoder, Kirk Robinson, Eric Coburn