Made even more amazing by the absence of this guy:
The thing to take out of this SLUGLY-fest is that this team now has won 2 out of 4 Pac-10 games without putting 30 minutes of good basketball together.
Tonight, we got JUST enough contribution out of Taylor, Thompson, Forrest, and Big Baynes to pull this one out.
I thought the other difference in this game was Robinson's decision at about the 9:00mark to slow his team down when they were up 7-9 points. I thought that decision to go conservative with so much time left took his team out of rythm. And thank god he did (note: I love the patterned offense of the Beavs--they are SO much better under Robinson than Jay John Billy Jim Bob).
What we also saw tonight is what we have noted on this blog previously: Klay Thompson has the Pac defense down. His play tonight on the defensive end was special as was Baynes'. Baynes is EASILY the Most Improved Player in the league.
And congrats to Daven Harmeling who after putting up brick after brick after brick, and after passing up WIDE OPEN 16 footers in the gap of the zone all night long, quickly pulled the trigger on the game tying 3 in regulation from the baseline.
Final note: Did any of you notice how giggly and loose our boys were down the stretch? Hold on Cougar Nation, if these boys can somehow scrap out a win at Mac Court on Saturday, this team may actually REALLY believe in themselves.
And they're nowhere close to playing to their potential.
"A win is a win is a win is a win is a win."