Sports: UCLA vs. Stanford, Cal State Fullerton vs. UC Irvine
I don't know how they win. 3 games in 3 days and it showed with poor free throw shooting. No Luc Richard. Kevin Love with back spasms. Horrible shooting percentage. Yet, somehow the gutty little Bruins hang in there and find a way to win.
Looking at the stats as ugly as the offense number were, the effort and defense numbers showed the extent to which Howland has got this team believing. Rebounds 39 for UCLA 34 for Stanford. But the shocking number is 18 offensive boards compared to 5! The other number is 6 steals versus 2. UCLA also played under control with only 4 turnovers.
How far can this team go?
Later on, down the Interstate 5, CSUF vs. UCI. Fullerton is favored to win as the #3 seed compared to UCI, the #5 seed. Fullerton beat the Anteaters twice in conference play. Fullerton had an easy win in the semi-finals over Northridge and no trouble with UC Riverside in the quarters. Irvine is playing their fourth game in four days of which the previous two were hard fought down to the last possession wins over Pacific and UCSB.
At the half, UCI is down 10, 37-27. UCI is getting beat in every facet of the game according to the reporting at KUCI streaming audio.
Rip 'em Eaters, zot, zot, zot!
Its in the refrigerator for the Titans. We shall see if they can pull off an upset in the NCAAs. It is their first time in 30 years. They are up 16 with just a few minutes left. By the sound of it, UCI is simply out of gas. It was a good run in the second half of the season and quite an accomplishment to get to the Big West finals.
Its a final CSUF 81 UCI 66.
Will be checking back with Anteater basketball next season.