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Basketball: Bruins awaken in 2nd half

By Jeff Faraudo
Monday, November 21st, 2011 at 9:11 pm in Basketball, Pac-12 news.

Pac-12 teams played Monday night in Kansas City, East Rutherford, N.J., and Maui.

Where would you liked to have been?

   – UCLA 90, Chaminade 62: The Bruins (1-2) found paradise in the second half of their Maui Invitational opener, outscoring the Silverswords 52-22 to advance past the first round. Lazeric Jones scored 19 points,  Jerime Anderson had 18 and Tyler Lamb 15 for UCLA. Reeves Nelson, who missed the bus to the airport on Sunday and then the team flight, sat out the first half before contributing one point and five rebounds in 11 second-half minutes. (Rather a severe punishment, huh?) UCLA will play in Tuesday’s semifinal against Kansas, which beat Georgetown 67-63.

   – Vanderbilt 64, Oregon State 62: Brad Tinsley’s basket with 4.5 seconds left gave the No. 18 Commodores (4-1) the win in the title game of the Legends Classic in East Rutherford, N.J. The Beavers (4-1), who scored 100 points in an overtime win over Texas the night before, shot 2 for 14 from the 3-point arc. Devon Collier scored 19 for OSU. Jared Cunningham, the Pac-12 Player of the Week after scoring 72 points in two previous games, had just nine points. The San Leandro HS grad had seven steals, but also seven turnovers and shot 3 for 9.

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  • milo

    Beavs might be the surprise team in the Pac.

  • Uh Huh!

    It would be nice if the Beavs can be a surprise team in the Pac! The Pac could use that!

    No question, we’d all rather be in Maui, on most occasions. However, considering that the Bears were playing at the same time, I think I’d have rather been in Kansas City! I thought they looked great last night. The intensity of the game at the start seemed fantastic and I was surprised to see our squad moving so fluidly! Has my mind become old and I can no longer operate at this level, or did we look so much better than last year at this time! Wow – I liked what I saw!

    Sure, depth could become an issue. But here’s another little something I thought I saw. How many touches on the ball did Crabbe have in the first 10 minutes? I’m SURE Georgia was overplaying him defensively big time, but still – Monty has said in interviews it’s going to be up to his teammates to get him the ball, to get him shots. I didn’t see that happens so much. If Jordan or Kobe were on the floor, you think the touches, the shots, would have been so sparse like that? I’ll keep my eyes on this again tonight!
    In a broader scope, Crabbe is the kind of guy that lets the game come to him. He doesn’t march out there at the top of the key, demand the ball, and wave for everyone to clear a side. Breaking people off the drive is not his skill set, and not his personality. Instead, Crabb’s points often come as a result of the positive flow of the entire offense: an open jumper, a cut to the basket, a fast break dunk. Can we use Crabbe’s stats as a barometer of the entire team? Or, as points by the likes of Smith, Solomon, and Kravish go up, so do those of Crabbe’s (as defenses realize they have to actually guard the other players)?

    Good stuff!

  • Yoda

    Crabbe could move a lot more off the ball and his teammates would have an easier time finding him, but it’ll come. The better balanced scoring will really help in the long run, especially since Crabbe’s shooting is a bit off right now.