UCLA Hits Century Mark To Snap Losing Streak
By Bruin Basketball Report
UCLA snapped a five-game losing streak with style, crushing New Mexico State, 100-68, at Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins (3-6) woke up from their offensive doldrums shooting 61% from the field.
Sophomore Malcolm Lee scored a game-high 20 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the field. He played with confidence and intensity.
A matter of fact, all the Bruin players played with a bit of swagger tonight, and the team and coaching staff may owe guard Mustafa Abdul-Hamid for an off the court assist.
After UCLA was embarrassed at the Wooden Classic by Mississippi St last weekend, Abdul-Hamid suggested the entire team review film from past UCLA teams to get a sense of how those teams played with intensity and pride.
It may have worked, and who knows, it may have changed the season around for the Bruins.
One game does not make a season, but on this night, the UCLA Bruins played with the poise and confidence of past Ben Howland teams.
And of course, it started on the defensive end. The Bruins challenged every shot, poked into passing lanes, and dived for every loose ball. UCLA forced 20 turnovers and blocked 6 Aggies shots.
Five Bruins scored in double-figures.
Struggling Jerime Anderson played, well, like a typical UCLA point guard. He was sharp and cool under pressure and he delivered the right passes at the right time. Anderson finished with 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting and had 7 assists.
Michael Roll added 14 points and freshman Reeves Nelson added 16 big points and 8 rebounds off the bench.
Freshman Tyler Honeycutt continues to show he will be a special player in Westwood. Although just coming back from early season injuries, he's the glue on the team. Honeycutt is smooth and makes the offense just flow better with his smart play and hustle.
UCLA has a long way to go before anyone can say the season has turned around. But...tonight was a good start.
Note: Senior James Keefe injured his surgically repaired left shoulder in the first half. He did not return to the game.