UCLA Gets Defensive With DePaul For Win In Wooden Classic
By Bruin Basketball Report
At the 15th Annual John R. Wooden Classic on Saturday afternoon, the Bruins turned to what has gotten them to three consecutive Final Fours under Coach Ben Howland - defense!
UCLA held DePaul to just 19 points on 38.1% shooting in the first half on its way to an easy 72-54 victory.
The Bruins used their overall speed and talent advantage to pressure the Blue Demons into bad and hurried shots and turnovers.
UCLA went on a 22-8 run to end the opening half to take a commanding 35-19 lead into the locker room and the game never got any closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Josh Shipp and Jrue Holiday each had 14 points while Nikola Dragovic tacked on 10 off the bench to pace the Bruin offensive attack.
With DePaul playing a rather soft zone defense most of the time, UCLA did a good job moving the ball around and attacking the zone for easy baskets throughout the game.
The team had 19 assists in the contest led by Darren Collison's 6 assists and Holiday's 5 hand-outs.
The Bruins shot 55.2% for the game despite only hitting on 3 of 17 from beyond the arc.
UCLA dominated the boards by outrebounding the Blue Demons 35-25 including 12 offensive boards leading to extra scoring opportunities. They had 12 more shot attempts than DePaul.
The Blue Demons started the game with their top scorer on the bench. Dar Tucker was benched as a result of disciplinary action by the coaching staff. He ended up playing 25 minutes and shot a horrific 3 of 13 from the field.
The win was UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland's 300th career victory which included years at Northern Arizona and Pittsburgh. His career mark now stands at 300-146.
Former UCLA Coach John Wooden watched the game from a private box and was recognized by the crowd with a long heart-felt standing ovation. He later appeared on the court to present UCLA with a trophy from the tournament.
Freshman walk-on Tyler Trepani, Wooden's great-grandson, played his first minutes of the season when he was inserted late in the game. He missed his only shot attempt, a three-pointer.
No. 14/16 ranked UCLA improved its overall record to 6-2. They return to Pauley Pavilion to play Loyola Marymount on Wednesday night.
(photo credit: AP)