Coming off a pretty devastating Maui trip the Bears looked to regain control of their season. Coach Wyking Jones promised changes and he looked to deliver with a new look starting lineup. On the floor to start tonight was Darrius McNeill, Juhwan Harris-Dyson, Justice Sueing, Don Coleman and Marcus Lee.
The new and improved starting line up got off to a good start, especially McNeill who went 6-6 for 16 points, including 9 from three before the 10 minute mark. On the defensive side the Bears came out playing man and abandoning the full court press. The first switch back to zone didn't happen until the 12 minute mark. To say this looks like a different team would be somewhat of an understatement. McNeill led the team with his 19 points on 7-9 shooting, including 5 threes. As a whole, our offense shot 53% from the field and 56% from 3. What’s most impressive though was only turning the ball over 4 times, a season low.
The Bears came out with tons of energy, blocking CSUN’s first shot attempt and then forcing a turnover on their next possession. Followed by another Darrius McNeill three, making him 6-6 from three point land. JHD made his presence known with a few huge defensive plays, including a jaw-dropping block, followed by a equally jaw-dropping dunk. But the night belonged to McNeill and his stat-line that looked like a completed sudoku puzzle. Darrius went 8-11 from the field, including 6-7 from 3 for 22 points and had 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Cal finished strong, shooting 52% from the field, with 3 players ending in double digits. Where we go from here, who knows?