To snap out of their recent slide — three double-digit losses in their past four games — the Bears need to improve their passing and tighten their defense, coach Mike Montgomery said.
They also need more Wednesday night against Utah from forward Richard Solomon, who has had a solid senior season . . . until the past two weeks.
Solomon averaged 11.8 points and 10.3 rebounds through the Bears’ first 25 games, but has produced just 5.5 points and 6.7 rebounds the past four games. He’s shooting 6 for 24 — just 25 percent — over that stretch.
“He’s putting pressure on himself and as a result he’s kind of reverting back to doing some of the things he did early on that weren’t very successful for him,” Montgomery said.
“For us to be successful, he’s got to be successful. He’s just got to relax and make plays.”