The first half of the UCLA-Cal basketball game was a little dispiriting. I know it's a young team with Freshmen who could use some experience and seasoning, while the Cal team was mostly veterans -- they had a third player reach the 1,000 points in a career plateau, which means a lot of games. However, although there have been close games and losses in the past, frankly this veteran fan was not accustomed to seeing UCLA playing from behind with me trying to feel encouraged that they were "hanging around" by staying only 9 points or so behind. Too many turnovers, too many rushed shots or ill-advised shots.
But the second half was another matter entirely. The Bruins kept chipping away and finally pulled ahead. Cal drained one to force overtime. UCLA led through most of it, but Cal scored with 21 seconds left to go up by one. Then after a botched pass Michael Roll got a lucky bounce on the rebound and put it in for the game winner. Nikola Dragovic was hitting threes in the second half (as was Roll), and finally they all played together just well enough to win.
I have expected that Ben Howland would push and prod them into a team eventually, but this one tonight was sweet!