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UC-Cal State Bakersfield 2nd half impressions

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Twelve Bearcats - count them, 12 - scored for UC tonight. Dion Dixon led the way with 13 points, and Ibrahima Thomas had a nice night with 11 points. Really, no other stats stand out, except for the sheer mass of Bearcats who scored.

Oh, and that Deonta Vaughn and Yancy Gates each spent 30 minutes on the bench. Lance Stephenson only played 17. That's a nice change of pace for that trio.

Oh, and Anthony McClain had eight points and eight rebounds. So that was fun.


UC 87, Cal State Bakersfield 58 (final)


So, what do you get out of this if you're UC? Playing time for players who wouldn't normally get it.

 

"The one good thing about playing this game right now was to treat it as a day where we could practice and then play," Mick Cronin said in his postgame presser.


"We can show them film of themselves minutes. It gave some guys a chance to perform and give them playing time. Especially guys like Biggie McClain and Jaquan Parker who practiced hard in practice. Biggie would have had a double double but his bone spurs flared up in his foot."

 

Cronin on Jaquon Parker (nine points, five rebounds in 15 minutes): "One thing about Park is he hasn't played a whole lot of point guard. Having him play the point has slowed him down. He is a good defender and he can make the open shot. Turning him into a point guard takes time, and I have slowed him down with that. I think it will help him in the long run, but his effort is tremendous. One thing you will see is him in with Deonta, if he plays better. We have Lance and Deonta playing pretty consistent basketball, and we need another one playing well alongside them."

 
Other observations from the second half:

Well, that's a pretty weak way for UC to start the second half. A turnover, and two easy baskets for Cal.

Ugh, Dixon for the double pump back-handed slam, Hits the rim and bounds away. Not too good.

The Bearcats are looking awfully sloppy so far.

Cal stars the half with a 16-6 run to begin the half.

Larry Davis seems to have found his long-range shot tonight.

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