Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Rapid Reaction: UCLA 83, Cal State San Marcos 60
By Peter Yoon
LOS ANGELES -- It was a little closer than UCLA fans would have liked for most of the first half, but the Bruins ended up dominating the way they should against Cal State San Marcos in winning an exhibition game 83-60 on Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion.
A quick look at the game:
How it happened: The Bruins used a balanced scoring attack, with four players scoring in double figures, and even got a few walk-ons into the game at the end.
Shabazz Muhammad tallied 19 points, Norman Powell scored 14, David Wear contributed 11 and Larry Drew had 10. Kyle Anderson and Travis Wear just missed the double-digit party, scoring 9 points each. Anderson also had 16 rebounds and 5 assists, while Drew had 10 assists.
UCLA opened the second half with a 10-1 run, then held the Cougars scoreless for a period of nearly five minutes later in the half to take a 63-42 lead and blow open the game.
During the first half, San Marcos was within a point at 20-19 with 11:52 left and was trailing by four after a Jacob Ranger basket made it 29-25 with 5:48 left. But Travis and David Wear lead a 13-5 run to close the half for UCLA ,and the Bruins took a 42-30 lead into the break.
Player of the game: Muhammad continues to progress in getting his game legs back. He made 7-of-12 shots from the field for a team-leading 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds and couple of blocked shots.
Stat of the game: UCLA, playing a man-to-man defense the entire game, held San Marcos to 37.9 percent shooting. The Bruins outrebounded San Marcos 49-29.
What it means: Nothing. It was an exhibition game against an NAIA team and the Bruins were working on specific aspects of their game. It's difficult to judge the results against a clearly inferior opponent, in a game prior to which UCLA coach Ben Howland had asked the San Marcos coaching staff to play at least one half using man-to-man defense so he could work the Bruins on offensive sets.
What's next: UCLA travels to Houston for a Saturday game at 2:15 p.m. PT against the Texas Longhorns at Reliant Stadium. It is part of a doubleheader, with the women's teams from each school squaring off before the men tip off.