Thursday, February 18, 2010
Bruins dominate Cougars
Make that 17 straight wins for UCLA in Pullman, Wash.
The Bruins played perhaps their most complete game of the season, beating the Washington State 71-51 at Beasley Coliseum. UCLA had five players score in double figures, led by senior guard Michael Roll's 15. He made six of his seven shots.
Forwards Nikola Dragovic and Tyler Honeycutt each had 14, and guards Malcolm Lee and Jerime Anderson had 10 apiece.
Some notes to ponder:
-- UCLA shot 66 percent from field after shooting 39 percent last Sunday in a four-point loss at USC. Roll, Honeycutt and Anderson combined to make 16 of their 18 attempts (89 percent).
-- The Bruins trimmed last Sunday's 20-turnover performance by six. They handled the Cougars' full-court press well.
-- Freshman forward Reeves Nelson received 15 stitches to a two-inch cut he suffered above the right eye after landing hard on his face late in the first half. Nelson had dunked to give UCLA a nine-point lead before he lost his grip on the rim and fell to the floor awkwardly.
-- For the second time this season, UCLA kept Washington State's Klay Thompson under wraps. Thompson, the conference's second-leading scorer heading into Thursday, scored eight points on 2-for-9 shooting. He committed five turnovers. Cougars freshman Reggie Moore scored only 11 after torching the Bruins for 24 in their last meeting.
-- Sophomore center J'mison Morgan responded well to the increase in playing time. He blocked three shots while rotating at center with freshman Brendan Lane. Their contributions were important after it was revealed that James Keefe's UCLA career will come to an end after he has surgery on the left shoulder.
-- UCLA's 2-3 zone has come a long way. Washington State shot only 16 percent from three-point range (3-for-19).