O.J. Mayo's time at point guard can no longer be classified as an experiment.

The move to have Mayo spell starter Mike Conley is suddenly Griz coach Lionel Hollins' preference. To Mayo's credit, he's instilled confidence in the change with better decision-making.

Mayo said he has learned to operate with more poise in the two years the Griz have tried to play him at the point.

"It's definitely decision-making and growth in your game," Mayo said. "I've grown as a player. I came back this season a lot more focused. I worked to come into this season more prepared."

Proof that Mayo has a good grasp on what it means to be an effective combo guard came in the first half. Mayo took over for Conley at the point and didn't stop attacking. He looked to score as well as run the team's offensive sets.

Conley got significant rest. He didn't start the second quarter and returned with 6:19 left in the second period.