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HARMELING: Youth is never easy

CASTO ON D

FIRST POINT: It is becoming exceedingly obvious that the Cougar basketball team doesn't quite grasp yet how to win down the stretch of close games. Second point: The Cougs did not "blow" two games last week in the Bay Area. The Stanford game they blew. They did not blow the California game. At no point against the Bears did any Cougar fan in their right mind think, "We've got this in the bag!"

Letting an 18-point second half lead evaporate against a team with limited firepower is the definition of blowing a game. Jumping off to a great start against the top team in the conference – a team featuring the likes of Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher – and then losing down the stretch isn't blowing it. It's an example of a bunch of youngsters not knowing how to close the deal. That isn't...

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