Pac-12 all-stars stifle Jiangsu, 85-63
NANTONG, CHINA - Arizona State's Bo Barnes led the Pac-12 All-Stars with 18 points as he drilled four three-pointers in an 85-63 win over the Jiangsu Dragons.
In their first game against a team of Chinese professionals, the Pac-12 team showed an improved chemistry, out-scoring Jiangsu by 17 in the second quarter (25-8) en route to the double-digit win.
"It was a complete team effort," head coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "We wanted to place an emphasis on defense and so we implemented a challenging substitution rotation."
The rotation, which consisted of all five players being substituted, would occur when the opponents scored seven points against the players on the court at that time.
The defensive intensity helped things on the other end as the Pac-12 unit shot 47 percent from the floor.
Jordan Loveridge of Utah finished with 13 points and four rebounds while Nikola Jovanovic of USC continued to shine with 11 points and three rebounds. Oregon State's Cheikh N'diaye was a force on the defensive end and finished with six rebounds.
The final game for the Pac-12 All-Stars will be on Saturday against another professional team, the Shanghai Sharks, who are owned by former eight-time NBA all-star and No. 1 pick, Yao Ming.
(Courtesy of Utah Athletics)
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