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USU Hoops: Pane the leader, Pane the shooter

This is the Brockeith Pane that coaches have wanted to see all season.

Well, the Brockeith Pane that's showed up for the last three games.

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Early on, Pane was shooting too much, taking too many three-pointers and looking for his offense at the expense of others.

On Saturday night, Pane scored a career-high 24 points. Better than that, he picked his spots. He knew when to defer. He knew when to take over the offense. As a result, he took over the game, causing major issues for Louisiana Tech's defense, getting to the free-throw line at will and scoring from mid-range.

He was unguardable off the dribble against the Bulldogs, a huge thing because Louisiana Tech was quick and athletic on defense. The Bulldogs came at Pane in waves, and he handled it all.

Kyisean Reed played well in the first half, but scored just a single bucket after halftime. Preston Medlin struggled with his shot.

That meant Pane needed to step up offensively, and he did. After struggling for so much of this season, it seems as if Pane is turning it on at just the right time.

Tony Jones

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