Bruins Struggle Against 49ers, Lose Third Straight
By Bruin Basketball Report
UCLA finished the 76 Classic tournament with a disastrous exclamation point, losing in the seventh place-game to Long Beach St., 79-68.
The Bruins, now 2-4, lost to the 49ers for the first time in history in the debacle.
The only two bright spots in the game for UCLA were Michael Roll with a season-high 23 points and freshman Reeves Nelson who came off the bench to add 11 points and 8 rebounds.
UCLA's individual and team defense were horrendous, allowing Long Beach St. to hit 53.6% for the game and 64.3% in the second half.
In a more competitive contest against Butler on Friday, the Bruins went inside for many of their scores but abandoned the strategy against Long Beach and instead tried to strike from the perimeter.
But UCLA struggled from the outside, hitting just 3 of 20 three-pointers. Nikola Dragovic was 0-6 from beyond the arc.
The Bruins do not catch a break with upcoming tough games against Kansas and Mississippi St. in what already has the makings for a very long season for UCLA basketball fans.