Tuesday, February 16, 2010
UCLA bounces back from embarrassing loss (sort of)
Perhaps motivated by the bad breakup that was last month's humiliating 21-point home loss to USC, UCLA was on the rebound on Valentine's Day.
The Bruins attacked the boards and came away with a 46-25 rebounding advantage.
For the most part, that's what kept them in Sunday night's eventual 68-64 loss to the Trojans at the Galen Center. The Bruins had 23 second-chance points and even held a three-point lead five minutes into the second half. They trailed by four with just under four minutes to play.
As far as dating lingo goes, the Bruins kept it interesting, made their way to the doorstep, but were unable to seal the night with that elusive kiss.
"A loss is a loss, but we competed well with them," freshman Reeves Nelson said. "I thought we had a real good chance to win that game, but it didn’t happen."
UCLA (11-13, 6-6 Pacific 10 Conference) has already matched the 13 losses it had the last two seasons combined. Like any rejected love-seeker, senior Michael Roll shrugged constantly as he spoke to reporters following the game.
"We battled," he said. "Granted we had a lot of turnovers, but we made the hustle plays. We just had too many turnovers to come back at the end."
Said Nikola Dragovic: "We matched their intensity. With 20 turnovers, it’s really hard to beat anybody."