Saturday, February 20, 2010
Bruins unable to handle Huskies' bark
The Bruins continue to make history -- just not the good kind. UCLA's 97-68 loss to Washington Saturday night was the worst defeat, at least numerically, since coach Ben Howland took over seven years ago. The Huskies have defeated Howland at Bank of America Arena in six straight games.
UCLA did not have an answer for forward Quincy Pondexter, who seemed extra motivated on Senior Night. The Huskies' No. 20 scored a game-high 20 points before walking off the court late in the second half to a standing ovation. Guard Isaiah Thomas had 17.
Thomas, Abdul Gaddy and Venoy Overton pressured UCLA's guards throughout the night. The Bruins settled for long-range shots, but were three for 17 on 3-pointers. Michael Roll, the Pacific 10 Conference leader in 3-point percentage, missed his three attempts. Malcolm Lee was one for nine from the field.
Freshman Reeves Nelson bounced back well from the facial injury he suffered on Thursday, scoring a team-high 14 points. He did miss five of his nine free throws though.
UCLA hurt itself yet again with anemic free-throw shooting (15 for 23) and too many turnovers (18).