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Bowie looking for a spark

After becoming a fixture in the starting lineup last year, junior guard Adrian Bowie has struggled thus far this season to find an offensive rhythm in a reserve role. Bowie, who was highly effective when aggressively driving to the basket last season, has settled more often for jump shots through the first six games. He is averaging 3.2 points per game while shooting 30.8 percent (8 for 26) from the field and 8.3 percent (1 for 12) from three-point range.

On Monday, Coach Gary Williams was asked if he felt Bowie was pressing in an attempt to get back to the level of offensive production he reached last season. Bowie shot 45.3 percent from the field and averaged 9.0 points per game in 2008-09.

"Yeah I think so, but he's going to get his opportunity," Williams said. "He has to play. The big thing with Adrian is just stay aggressive. I think sometimes Adrian has a tendency to judge everything based on whether a jump shot goes in or not. That's just one part of the game. He's too good. He does too many things out there athletically, quickness-wise, getting to the rim -- all those things are his strengths. We're trying to get him just to focus on what he does really well. Everything else will fall into place."

By Steve Yanda  |  December 1, 2009; 8:21 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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