Dec. 28, 2007
Head coach Ben Braun
On the team-record 16 three-pointers made by Cal against Long Beach State:
I told our team after the game, it's great to knock down those shots. I thought we were shooting the ball with confidence, but let's be honest: we were getting those shots for a reason. Our big guys were demanding a lot of attention inside, so whether by zone or by designed double-team schemes, we're going to have some outside looks, and I thought our guys did a good job of finding open people, even our post guys trailed and spaced the floor and hit some shots. That's a direct result, at least tonight, of our opponent respecting our inside game.
On the 30 team assists dished out by Cal, two shy of the school record:
It's an indication that our team is sharing the basketball, and I thought also an indication of our defense because in our defensive scheme, our ability to get stops and hold Long Beach to 15 points in the first half. We were able to get the ball and get some breakouts, space the floor. So those things really helped us. Defensively, we were able to get things going and get into a nice rhythm on offense.
On the team's sluggish start (0-for-7 from outside the arc) and how the tide turned:
Sometimes the bench can help you - I went right to the bench and they gave us a lift. We made a run with some of our key guys out. Whatever reason, every game's different, but I didn't like the start of the game, more so on the defensive end because we didn't box a couple of guys. Then we started doing a better job of challenging, and we started doing a better job of getting a body on people, and pretty soon we started making a run. Would you rather start slow and finish strong? I guess, but as a coach you've got to want it all, and I told our team that after the game: I said we gave up 50 second-half points and that's unacceptable.
On the play of Jerome Randle against the 49ers:
I thought it was one of Jerome's better games in that he played good, solid defense, distributed the ball, knocked down shots when he had openings and played an all-around game. That's the kind of player Jerome Randle can be for this team. And we're going to need him tomorrow night (against North Dakota State) - we play against the best point guard we've seen all year (Ben Woodside, who scored 31 in the early game against Bucknell). It's important that Jerome gets ready to go and I thought today he was ready.