Roll bounces back from "terrible" performance

March, 12, 2010
3/12/10
12:08
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There might not have anyone happier to see Reeves Nelson back on the floor than Michael Roll. Like the tattoo inked on Nelson's left arm suggests, every yin needs its yang.

With Nelson out, UCLA lacked a true post player the last two weeks. Roll, a perimeter player, was forced to carry the load, something he's never had to do in his five-year tenure.

Roll scored just three points the first game Nelson sat out while recovering from left eye surgery. He then scored 25 and 21, before registering a season-low with two last Saturday at Arizona State.

"I just really had to forget about Saturday," Roll said. "It was terrible. There was no explanation for it. It was shocking, really."

Nelson was back Thursday, bullying his way inside and showing zero apprehension about his eyes. Roll noticed a drastic difference.

"It's huge," he said. "He's a presence -- if they double-team, he can find shooters on the outside."

Roll had 18 Thursday and nailed three from behind the line. Following the game, his demeanor was the exact opposite than what it was when he joked about wanting to get away from ASU's Wells Fargo Arena.

"No get-aways," Roll said laughing. "Southwest isn't too happy today."

Blair Angulo | email

Reporter, WeAreSC.com

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