Saturday, March 18, 2006

Wolfpack play tight D in Big D

All the talk coming into this first round game was about Cal Forward Leon Powe. The Wolfpack proved they were the story Friday night holding the 6'8" forward to 14 points. The Bears' 52 points was a season-low. It was all about defense for the wolfpack.

There were some definite stars in this game. Sophomore center Cedric Simmons put the team on his back the first half. His determination and grit kept the pack in the game. Near the end of the game, the seniors took over. When Cal's Omar Wilkes hit a three pointer as the shot clock expired (in what all will call the luckiest shot ever), Tony Bethel came right back down the floor and hit a three of his own. This extended the pack's lead back to four. Then, with 32 seconds left, Cameron Bennermann hit the eventual game-winning three pointer. Final score 58-52.

As the team left the court, they couldn't contain their excitment. Screaming and jumping up and down. It was great to see this after the past month this team went through.

Other notes: This is the 4th time in 5 years the team advanced to the second round of the tournament. This was also only the 4th time the pack came back to win after trailing at half. It was the first time they won after trailing with less than ten minutes to play.

Go Pack!

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