Saturday, January 30, 2010

UCLA Beats Oregon St. In Low Scoring Affair

By Bruin Basketball Report

Box Score

Freshman Reeves Nelson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds to help UCLA beat Oregon St. 62-52.

With the win the Bruins (10-11, 5-4) split their road trip to the state of Oregon and hold onto third place in the Pac-10.

Seniors Nikola Dragovic and Michael Roll added 13 and 11 points respectively in the low scoring affair in Corvallis.

In a battle of zone defenses the game was played mostly at a snails pace, and as a result, UCLA only attempted 35 shots in the entire contest. 

Fortunately the Bruins were efficient from the field, hitting 65.7% including 75% in the second half.  

After hoisting up 33 three-point shots in their loss against Oregon on Thursday, UCLA made an effort to get the ball inside against Oregon St. 1-3-1 zone.   For the game the Bruins attempted just 9 three-points shots and hitting on 4 of them for 44.4%.  They scored 34 of their points in the paint.Box s

Both teams struggled early in the game to score before UCLA ended the first half on an 11-2 run to lead 24-18 at halftime.

The Beavers stayed close throughout the second half and only trailed the Bruins 38-35 before UCLA went on a 12-2 run to finally pull away for good.

Oregon St. only managed to shoot 37.3% against UCLA's 2-3 zone defense and hit just 5 of 23 from beyond the arc for 21.7%.

With the Pac-10 season now half over, the Bruins return home to play against Stanford on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion.

10 Comments:

At Jan 30, 2010, 4:08:00 PM, Anonymous Old Coach said...

Say what you want about Anderson, he added some needed intensity out front. Lee is not a true point guard and he tends to stand around too much at the point. I wish UCLA would go to a match up zone defense. If Oregon State's offensive set is 1-3-1, then UCLA's defense set should be a 1-3-1 defense. A true matchup zone defense is actually a switching man to man. You are forcing a team to play zone offense against what is basically a man to man defense. Zone offenses do not have much motion and screens. Hence it is usually easier to defend than a man to man offense. So for example if your opponents zone offense is a 1-2-2, then your defense is a 1-2-2. You match up with what ever formation the offense sets up. Arizona State plays a true matchup zone defense. I have always thought that you should just go ahead and run your man to man offense against a matchup. UCLA almost swept the Oregon schools on the road. Things are looking better.

 
At Jan 30, 2010, 5:15:00 PM, Anonymous max said...

my pac-ten.freshman of the year....????REEVES NELSON

 
At Feb 1, 2010, 1:21:00 AM, Anonymous ReactionOC said...

Anderson is only good in short stints coming off the bench. He is the classic over-thinker, not a reactor/creator. Less responsibility, the better. Think Lamar...

 
At Feb 1, 2010, 4:07:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

Agree on Anderson. Maybe alternating time with him and Abdul Hamid may be the way to go. Let lee and Roll spell eachother and if both are playing well keep them in together with an Anderson/Abdul Hamid at the point. Hopefully the team is finally getting to know all their roles and we can make a push in the second half of the season.
BTW, all smiles on my face with the Trojans Oregon trip last week! Think I'll crack one open just thinkin' about that!!!

 
At Feb 1, 2010, 4:09:00 AM, Anonymous Ngoc Dien O'Malley said...

I say take it easy on Anderson...sure he can suck, but not all players impact immediately. He may develop into a decent player come his junior/senior year.

 
At Feb 1, 2010, 8:04:00 AM, Anonymous Swami Mikey said...

A player such as Anderson either has good reactions or does not have good reactions - can see the floor or not see the floor - can see how different players on both times are moving so the he can pass the ball so it arrives in the correct hands at the correct time. Although there is a break-in period as one moves to higher levels of play - for example from high school to college - Anderson has had adequate time and experience to show what he has, and the verdict is that he does not have what is necessary to play consistently well at this level. The Swami predicts that he will be get even less playing time next year than this year, especially if we land a decent point guard such as Ray McCallum - but even if we don't land another point guard and Lee and Lamb remain healthy.

 
At Feb 1, 2010, 8:45:00 AM, Anonymous Swami Mikey said...

1. Typo in my previous post: "times" should have been "teams."
2. Also, I forgot that we have already landed a point guard - Lazeric Jones - who will cause Anderson either to transfer or play hardly at all.

 
At Feb 2, 2010, 1:11:00 AM, Anonymous Jammer said...

A split in Oregon can hardly be considered a victory of any kind. These were two schools ion the bottom of the Pac 10. Kent might just have saved his job with the sweep of the LA schools. Next year, without a point guard will still cause Bruins a lot of headaches. Nelson and Honeycutt are going to be very good (not great) players and Josh Smith's work in the summer will determine his value.
Everyone's forgetting about the SG position and hopefully Lamb will fill that role for the classy Roll.
Too many useless bigs in the lineup. They need to pack their bags and go somewhere else.
Lamb, Jones, Lee (backcourt)
Nelson, Honeycutt and Smith (frontcourt)
Dont give up on Stover.
If we can get McCallum, this team wil be top 30 again.

 
At Feb 2, 2010, 4:58:00 AM, Anonymous Prince Williams said...

How about them Oregon cheerleaders?! Wowza's! UCLA cheerleaders have gone down this year...back to their nerdy ways again.

 
At Feb 2, 2010, 5:17:00 AM, Anonymous Jammer said...

Great Job Prince. Focus on what's important. Cheerleaders will get us back to our glory days.

 

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