Wolverines Take A Bite Out Of Bruins
By Bruin Basketball Report
UCLA (2-1) struggled scoring against Michigan's 1-3-1 zone losing to the Wolverines 55-52 in a 2K Sports Classic semifinal game at Madison Square Garden.
The Bruins lack of offensive firepower, most notably an inside game, was exposed by Michigan's zone.
Darren Collison and Jrue Holiday each scored 13 points and Nikola Dragovic scored on a couple of late three-pointers to reach double figures, otherwise no other Bruin scored more than 5 points.
Senior Josh Shipp played one of his worst games as a Bruin. He not only shot just 2 of 8 for 5 points, but he also committed three consecutive turnovers down the stretch to single-handedly stifle any Bruin rally. Shipp finished with an unsightly 6 turnovers.
The rest of his teammates did no better committing 17 turnovers in the game.
And it wasn't that the Wolverines played a superb zone, actually it was rather average, instead the Bruins were clearly uncomfortable and appeared unprepared to attack it.
The Bruins led for most of the first half by double-digits before going into halftime with a 29-23 lead. But Michigan started hitting their three-point shots in the second half led by guards Stu Douglass and Manny Harris.
6'8 Michigan forward DeShawn Sims also powered his way to 18 points and dominating play in the second half to lead all scorers as the Bruins could find no one to match him inside.
UCLA finished shooting just 42.0% from the field and 5 of 16 on three-pointers. The Bruins also continued their horrid free-throw shooting going 5 of 11 for 45.5%. On the season, the team is shooting just 60% from the stripe.
Its still early in the season and the Bruins have time to develop their game and young players, especially the freshmen.
Still, this is not last year's Bruins, and fans will need to get used to it.
With the loss, the Bruins will meet Southern Illinois tomorrow night in the consolation game of the tournament.
(photo credit: AP)