Lee Goes For 29 But Bruins Fall To Irish
By Bruin Basketball Report
Malcolm Lee scored a career-high 29 points but the Bruins still fall to Notre Dame in South Bend, 84-73.
Lee hit 11 of 17 from the field including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc as he begins to show the promise many expected from him this season. The sophomore guard also added 4 assists and 2 steals.
However on this day in South Bend, the Bruins were not able to come up big defensively or to get the key stops when needed.
The UCLA defense allowed Notre Dame to shoot 50.8% in the game and 60% in the second half when the Irish broke out to a double-digit lead.
Irish star Luke Harangody started off slowly but finished with 23 points scoring mostly in the second half.
Whenever the Bruins tried to draw close, the Irish seemed to answer with either a basket from Harangody or a three-point bomb from outside to keep their distance.
UCLA's offense seems to be settling, however, it absolutely runs better when Malcolm Lee is running the point guard spot instead of fellow sophomore Jerime Anderson.
After having a decent game last week against New Mexico, Anderson continued his horrid and uninspiring play with a 0-2 performance against Notre Dame. As in other games, he has not shown the ability to set the offense nor set-up teammates for good shots. His hesitancy and lack of confidence is hurting the team's ability to get into a good offensive rhythm.
With only two games remaining before Pac-10 play, UCLA Coach Howland needs to assess his starting line-up, and in particular, the amount of minutes he's giving to Anderson in games.
Freshman Tyler Honeycutt had another solid game although the statistics don't show it. Honeycutt lets the game come to him on the offensive end. He makes others around him better by making the right pass, cutting to the right spot. The offensive flows better when he's on the floor.
On the defensive end, Honeycutt's 6'8 spider-like presence and smarts gives opponents fits.
A Honeycutt move to the starting small forward spot along with Michael Roll moving to the two and Lee occupying the majority of the minutes at point guard may be the solution Howland needs to help salvage this season.
Senior Michael Roll finished with 19 points on 5 of 8 from the arc.