UCLA Gets Defensive In Win Against Pepperdine
By Bruin Basketball Report
The offense is still a work in progress but the Bruins showed signs tonight of being a bona fide Ben Howland UCLA team with a strong defensive effort as they downed Pepperdine 71-52 at Pauley Pavilion.
The young Bruins showed the high level of intensity on the defensive end it will need to compete against opponents this year. While UCLA perimeter players were moving their feet and harassing ballhandlers, the interior big men were bumping bodies and taking charges.
UCLA held Pepperdine to just 41% shooting in the game.
On the offensive end, while the team is still developing an identify, it did manage to spread the scoring around as four Bruin players finished in double figures.
Sophomore Drew Gordon led all UCLA scorers with 18 points and also pulled down 9 rebounds. Michael Roll had 17 points on 5-9 from beyond the arc. Malcolm Lee scored 13 points and Mustafa Abdul-Hamid added 10 points in 27 minutes in place of starting guard Jermie Anderson who suffered leg cramps during the game.
UCLA (2-1) next plays in the 76 Classic tournament in Anaheim with a match-up against Portland on Thursday, November 26.