Driven for success, Klie bags season-high 20 points

January 11, 2015

Adam Klie basketballThe defense was up-close and aggressive, but UC San Diego guard Adam Klie of Anchorage knew exactly what to do.

He hit them with a little dribble and a little drive.

The result was a season-high 20 points as UCSD beat San Francisco State 71-58 in NCAA D2 men’s basketball action in California. Four of his six buckets came on layups and he went to the foul line a season-best12 times.

“They were playing real tight on our shooters, which opened up lanes to drive. I was just trying to be aggressive out there and get to the rim and make plays,” Klie told me.

“For me it was really about playing looser within the system. I think the shots kind of come when you’re aggressive and playing hard with a purpose.”

Klie, of Service High fame, has reached double figures seven times in 12 games and pushed his season scoring average to 10.3.

“I don’t think getting double digits is a goal as much as is just making plays to help the team win,” he said. “Whether that’s on the offensive or defensive end or scoring or passing, it doesn’t really matter.”

The former Alaska player of the year grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds.

“Some of the rebounds were just being in the right place at the right time,” he said. “Part of it was just playing my normal game and trying to compete on the glass.”

Klie was solid late in the game, sinking 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch. He finished 7-for-12.

Making his free throws has been bit of a bugaboo for the 6-foot-4 guard this season. He’s actually shooting better from the floor [.573] than the charity stripe [.556].

“I will tell you one thing,” Klie said. “I definitely need to get up some more free throws this week.”