UCLA Completes Sweep in Oregon
By Bruin Basketball Report
The Bruins went on a 14-4 run to start the second half and then cruised to a 63-54 victory over the Oregon St. Beavers (OSU) in Corvallis completing a road sweep of the Oregon schools.
After leading by only a point at halftime, the Bruins held the Beavers to only one field goal in the first nine minutes of the second half.
For the second straight game, the UCLA defense held it's opponent to under 60 points. UCLA is second only to Washington St. in points allowed per game in Pac-10 conference play.
The Bruins (17-4, 7-2) shut down OSU’s two leading scorers, Chris Stephens and Nick Dewitz, the two combined for only 8 points. Stephens and Dewitz had been averaging 14.5 points and 11.8 points per game, respectively.
UCLA’s defense held OSU to only 35.4% FG shooting. Entering the game OSU (10-10, 3-6) had been leading the Pac-10 conference in FG% shooting at 48%.
The only Beaver to score in double figures was Sasha Cuic who scored a career-high 24 points primarily on long range jumpers.
Halfway through the Pac-10 season, senior Ryan Hollins is solidifying the Bruin’s interior. In another superb performance, Hollins scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in addition to changing a number of the Beaver’s shot attempts in the paint.
Hollins has sparkled since his return from a groin injury and is beginning to play an integral part to the Bruins march to the post-season.
Sophomore Jordan Farmar showed again why he is one of the top point guards in the nation. Whenever the Bruins needed a score in the game Farmar would hit a jumper, drive for a basket, or pass to an open man for an easy score. He finished with 13 points, 8 assists, and committed only 1 turnover in the game.
Guard Arron Afflalo continued his shooting slump finishing with 11 points but on 4 of 14 shooting. Afflalo appeared to be pressing too much and not letting the game come to him. A number of times he passed up open jumpers or dribbled into a crowd for a tough shot.
However like any great player, Afflalo contributed other ways including being the primary defender against OSU’s Stephens and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds in the game.
Freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had another solid game for the Bruins scoring 14 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. He shot 5 of 9 from the field and is expanding his game on the offensive end.
Earlier in the season most of Mbah a Moute's points were off offensive rebounds, but he is beginning to attack the basket from the wing and is taking more outside jumpers, in this contest he took four 3-point FG attempts making one of them.
For the game the Bruins shot 43.6% from the field but shot only 3 of 19 from beyond the arc. UCLA also out-rebounded OSU by a 36-24 margin.
UCLA is first place in the Pac-10 conference leading Arizona by one game. The Bruins are at home next week to face Arizona St. on Thursday and Arizona on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.
(photo credit: (Rick Bowmer/AP)