For a game which had lots of mini-runs, the plus/minus numbers were fairly straightforward. Although this wasn't Brian Wethers' strongest offensive game, his all-around game was strong as evidenced by his +15 total. Richard Midgley, who showed that he could repeatedly take the ball inside to score, finished with a +14. During the overtime, Cal stayed with a line-up of Diggs, Midgley, Tamir, Wethers and Shipp as head coach Ben Braun avoided the situational substitutions that he'd made at the end of the first and second halves. A special mention should be made for Martin Smith, who entered the game at the 14:50 mark when Cal was down 8-1, and shook a little bit of life into the offense. Although Cal was still down 7 (13-6) when he left, he held his nerve, pushed the ball up court, and was able to help get the Bears off the single point mark.
The Bears overcame two huge offensive deadspots during the game. During the game's first 8:52, Cal scored only 6 points, and during a 10:38 period of the second half, Cal managed only 8 points. Those two spells combined for 14 points in 19:30. In the game's other 25:30, the Bears scored 63 points.
PLUS/MINUS vs. UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
Comment: When Cal went on a 13-5 run early in the second run to take a 51-43 lead, they had a lineup of Midgley, Wethers, Shipp, Tamir, and Hughes.
First vs. Second Half
(minimum 2 minutes)
First Half Top - Richard Midgley - 31-23, +8
Second Half Top - Gabriel Hughes - 13-7, +6
Overtime Top - Midgley, Brian Wethers, A.J. Diggs, Joe Shipp, and Amit Tamir - all 13-6, +7
First Half Bottom - Joe Shipp - 25-29, -4
Second Half Bottom - David Paris - 2-12, -10
Difference Makers of the Game
With Brian Wethers in 38 minutes, 68-53, +15
Without Brian Wethers in 7 minutes, 9-17, -8
With Richard Midgley in 39 minutes, 76-62, +14
Without Richard Midgley in 6 minutes, 1-8, -7
Diggs, Tamir, Wethers, Hughes and Shipp in 1:53 - 1-8, -7
All other combinations in 43:07 - 76-62, +14
Comment: Cal rolled through a couple of different lineups in
the first 10 minutes with none of them being particularly effective. In the second half,
Midgley started for Hughes and played almost the entire second half, so the starting unit
never made it back on the floor together.
Double Point Guards
With Diggs and Midgley in 22:05, 42-37, +5
With Diggs or Midgley in 22:55, 35-35, 0
Comment: Diggs and Midgley were on-court together for 22 minutes, the longest of any game this season; including 17 minutes during regulation and all 5 minutes of overtime. Midgley sat out only 35 seconds of the game's final 39:50, and played extremely well in overtime, so substituting him wasn't really an issue. Diggs was substituted with Bond most frequently, and occasionally Hughes/Paris went Braun went with a big-for-small line-up.
*Points per minute scored by Cal while player was on the court.