UCLA Rallies To Top Colorado State
By Bruin Basketball Report
The Bruins struggled against Colorado State but then pulled away in the final six minutes to win 75-63 at Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA's offense struggled against Colorado State's 2-3 zone and had problems keeping the opponent off the glass, and went into halftime tied 34-34 against the underdog Rams.
In the second half Colorado State moved out to its largest lead of 8 points with just under twelve minutes to play.
But then the Bruins rallied with the struggling Jerime Anderson making some plays down the stretch, breaking down the defense and finding either Reeves Nelson or Nikola Dragovic for easy lay-ups.
In past games Anderson's indecisiveness has cost the Bruins valuable possessions, but at least in the in the second half of this game he came through.
Anderson, perhaps inspired by the presence of JC Transfer Lazeric Jones in the audience, finished 4 of 5 from the field for 12 points and 7 assists. Lazeric Jones has reportedly been offered a scholarship by Ben Howland and is considering a transfer to UCLA.
Nikola Dragovic led UCLA with 17 points as five Bruins finished in double figures. Nelson added 15 points and 6 rebounds and Malcolm Lee had 16 points and 7 rebounds as UCLA improved its overall record to 4-7.
Michael Roll finished with 11 points including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. Roll has been battling the flu.
UCLA faces Deleware State this Sunday at Pauley Pavilion before opening Pac-10 conference play next week against the Arizona schools.