POST-GAME ANALYSIS — In then end it was four against one. The Bears received Randle (24 points) , Christopher (20), Robertson (16) and Boykin (10) 70 points from its quartet of senior starters while the Bruins senior starter Roll countered with a game-high 27.
Cal’s balance makes it a difficult matchup and the Bears shot 60 percent (30 of 50) from the floor. It’s the second game they’ve shot well, which is notable considering a lot of their shots are outside the pain.
The game was important for the Huskies because they’re more than likely in the NCAA tournament if they win tonight.
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IT’S OVER — Cal 85-72.
ROLL LEAVES — Roll leaves to a standing ovation. Cal 85-72 at 35.3.
SILLY FOUL — Gutierrez fouled Roll on a three-pointer and the UCLA sharp-shooter hit all three. Cal 78-72 at 1:21.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FREE THROWS — UCLA is going to start fouling to prolong the game. If the Bears make their free throws, this won’t be close. Cal 78-66 at 2:14.
DRIBBLING OUT THE CLOCK — Cal is on it’s way to a big win. The Bears are dribblign out the clock while UCLA is trying to get a steal. Cal 76-66 at 2:30.
STILL HANGING AROUND — Anderson drained a running floater to pull the Bruins close. Cal 71-64 at 3:56.
ONE LAST BRUINS RUN — UCLA has cut Cal’s lead to 57-64.
IT’S GETTING HEATED — Bruins assistant Jay John picked up a technical foul for yelling at an official. Cal 64-55 at 6:05.
BECOMING A BLOWOUT. — The Bruins are displaying poor body language and if they keep firing away like they have been from the outside early in the shot clock, they’ll have no chance at a comeback. Cal 64-51 at 8:12.
BEARS RUN — Cal has seized momentum, while UCLA is taking ill-advised long jumpers gone away from the inside game. Not a wise move. Not sure if anyone can win a jump shooting contest with Cal. Robertson just sank a trey that put the Bears ahead 52-44 at 12:03.
THREE-POINT BARRAGES — This looks like it might become a three-point shooting contest and if it does, that favors Cal. The Bears have three long-range bombers (Randle, Robertson and Christopher) whereas the Bruins have two (Roll and Dragovic). Cal 45-44 at 14-54.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Forget what I wrote about Randle earlier. He’s okay. In fact, he might be better than okay. Randle made amends for a slow start with the buzzer-beating three-pointer. He’s got 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting. The other Bears have been silent so far, but Christopher and Robertson can heat up at any moment.
Meanwhile, UCLA is just as lopsided in scoring. Roll (16 points) is carrying the Bruins. Jerime Anderson has added seven points.
The Cal players believe they’re in for a fight in the second half. Boykin keeps yelling at his teammates and encouraging them to “take it to them.”
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HALFTIME — Randle drained a long three-pointer as time expired. UCLA 39-35.
ON A ROLL — Roll sank a three-pointer. The crowd goes wild. UCLA 39-30.
SPLIT CROWD — There’s a whole lot of blue and gold in the building. It’s hard to tell who has more fans. UCLA brought more than expected. The lower bowl is about two-thirds full and there’s many fans sprinkled throughout the upper section. UCLA 27-26 at 6:15.
TOUGH HALF FOR GUTIERREZ — He just got beamed in the nose with a hard pass. To his credit, he stayed in the game. Meanwhile, Robertson drained a three-pointer and Cal is firmly back in the game. UCLA 22-20 at 8:31.
UNEVEN OFFICIATING — The refs failed to call a foul on UCLA when Cal guard Jorge Gutierrez was knocked to the floor on a foul, however, the gave the Bears a foul when Lee was bumped on a dribble drive. Cal coach Mike Montgomery is going nuts. UCLA 22-15.
UCLA TIMEOUT — The Bruins are able to score inside, which is something Oregon was unable to do. Nelson is a load. He commands attention and he’s pushing the Bears around. UCLA 20-12 at 11:25.
NOT THE SAME RANDLE — Randle just lofted an off-balance three-pointer that failed to hit anything except the floor. He’s not the same. He looks the same, but he’s not the same. Maybe the ankle is bothering. Randle is scoreless. Yesterday, he was perfect in the first half scoring 20 points. UCLA 20-10.
GOOD START FOR BRUINS — UCLA is out to a 7-2 lead at 16:28.
STARTERS — UCLA: F Reeves Nelson, F Tyler Honeycutt, F Nikola Dragovic, G Malcolm Lee and G Michael Roll.
California: F Jamal Boykin, F Omondi Amoke, F Theo Roberton, G Jerome Randle and G Patrick Christopher.
NET MALFUNCTION — The Bruins were slightly delayed during warm-ups because the net at their end of the court had broken away from the rim and needed to be replaced. They missed about three minutes of warm-ups.
RANDLE FINE — Jerome Randle, who sprained his ankle last night, looks to be fine. He went through warm-ups and he’s on the court looking as if he’ll play.
ALMOST GAME TIME — I’ll post a few times on the thread, but mainly want to give place to comment about tonight’s first Pac-10 Tournament semifinal.
March 12, 2010 at 6:09 PM
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