Coach Krystkowiak addresses the team at halftime
Aug. 14, 2014
SHANGHAI - Utah's Jordan Loveridge was one of three players in double figures as the Pac-12 All-Stars remained unbeaten with an 85-63 win over the Jiangsu Dragons. The junior finished with 13 points and four rebounds.
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.
Bo Barnes of ASU paced the team with 18 points on the strength of four 3-pointers, 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.
The Pac-12 All-Stars will be back in action tomorrow evening against the Jiangsu Dragons, a Chinese pro team.