The numbers suggested that UC Irvine guard Scott Brooks should have put his high-arching jump shot in storage for a while.
Brooks entered Thursday night's Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. game against Cal State Long Beach shooting 43.8% from the field. Since conference play began three weeks ago, he had shot the ball 48 times, making only 19.
"If I was a coach and a player was shooting like that, he wouldn't be playing for me," Brooks said.
But Brooks plays for Bill Mulligan, who decided to let the guard keep doing it until he got it right.
It happened against Long Beach as the 5-11 junior scored a career-high 23 points, including five of six shots from three-point range, to help Irvine score an 85-63 victory on its home court.
The win raised Irvine's record to 5-2 in PCAA play and 9-7 overall. Long Beach is 1-7 and 5-14.
Johnny Rogers had a game-high 14 rebounds as Irvine outrebounded Long Beach, 40-24. And rebounding is supposed to be what Long Beach does well. The 49ers entered the game with the conference's second-best rebound statistics.