UCLA Struggles From Outside, Lose Fifth Straight
By Bruin Basketball Report
UCLA (2-6) combined porous defense with poor shooting as it was embarrassed at the John R. Wooden Classic, 72-54, by Mississippi State
The Bruins shot just 4 of 20 on three-pointers for a measly 20%. What compounded this obtuse statistic is that it accounted for almost a third of their shot attempts.
Whoever is telling these young Bruins they are an outside shooting juggernaut is doing them a great injustice
Senior Nikola Dragovic continued his struggles with 0-9 shooting including zero for five from beyond the arc. For the season he is now shooting under 20%.
Michael Roll was the only bright spot on offense finishing with a team-high 17 points including 3 of 6 on three-pointers, however, he had a tough day with the ball getting picked twice off the dribble by the defense.
Roll a career role player has been thrust into the role as leader of the team but he has not been getting much help from anyone else.
Freshman Tyler Honeycutt continues to show promise on the floor while he dusts off the rust from his early season injuries. With Honeycutt on the floor the offense flows better but not even this young freshman may be enough to help the Bruins salvage this season.
On defense UCLA gave up 53% shooting in the first half as Mississippi State ran out to a 21 points lead, 40-19. Ravern Johnson scored a career-high 29 points for the team.
The Bruins were painfully slow on their defensive rotations getting constantly burned by Johnson from the outside and Jarvis Varnado who slipped to the basket for easy shots as Bruin big men lagged helplessly behind him. Varnado also intimidated UCLA on the inside with 7 blocks.