Dec. 29, 2007
Head coach Ben Braun
On the second slow start in a row for the Bears:
Obviously we'd love to get off to a better start. I thought yesterday (vs. Long Beach State) we got off to pretty good start - we gave up 15 points in the first half. But yes, the first four minutes were tough, and today, same thing. I thought we did some things early that were better, scored some points. We were sharp offensively. Defensively, really again, a nemesis for us has been giving up offensive rebounds, and a lot of those were long rebounds. Our guards have to stay in, they've got to secure the ball. We're not going to depend on Ryan Anderson and DeVon Hardin to pull down 10 rebounds each and every game. That's great if they can do it, but there are very few teams and players in the country that can do that. We're going to have to get more rebounds out of Patrick Christopher, who had zero at the half. DeVon Hardin, zero at the half. We've got to do a better job of securing those opportunities.
On the discussion in the locker room at halftime:
We talked as a team about the necessity to get out and to talk on defense, to really close down gaps. We thought we did a good job on (Ben) Woodside. He had to work for everything he got today (5-for-18, 15 points). The only time he got loose - a couple of times we didn't get out and challenge. But we did a pretty good job of getting out and challenging. I thought we challenged shots much better (in the second half). Our pressure picked up.
To whom he can attribute Cal's better intensity in the second half:
I can point to two guys, and the whole gym saw it. Whether you're a casual fan, you're an ardent fan, you're someone who really breaks down and understands the game fully, you didn't have to be all that to see Jamal Boykin and Harper Kamp, two energy guys that were on the floor, getting second-effort points. Harper Kamp comes in and gets four offensive rebounds, six for the game, he scores eight points - does that about every time he plays. Now you put another guy just like Harper on the floor in Jamal Boykin, well, those two guys, if you think about it, were not only on the floor tonight as we turned the game around, they were on the floor last night when we made our run, too. So give those two players a lot of credit because of their energy, and I think their energy is going to start rubbing off on their teammates.
On the play of Jerome Randle, who scored 46 points with seven assists and only two turnovers in the two games of the Golden Bear Classic:
This might sound callous, but we expect Jerome to knock down shots. He makes his free throws. He's going to knock down open looks from three. He has the ability to transport the ball from circle to circle as quick as anybody we've had. Now, can he make good decisions, can he stop on a dime, can he find open guys and can he keep guys defensively in front of him and not give up penetration and use his quickness to play help-and-recover defense? When he does those things, we're a very good basketball team.