Bruins Can't Handle The Pressure Again and Lose
By Bruin Basketball Report
For the second consecutive game the Bruins couldn't handle the defensive pressure and lost again, this time to crosstown rivals USC, 68-64.
After trailing by just 3 points at the half, 32-29, the Bruins came out in the second with hopes for a possible upset on the road. But USC started applying full court pressure and quickly sensed UCLA were unable to cope with it.
The Trojans forced the Bruins into 20 turnovers. UCLA point guards Malcolm Lee had 6 turnovers and back-up Jerime Anderson had 2.
But Anderson's turnovers were big momentum changers.
With UCLA down by just 4 and making one final push down the stretch late in the game, Anderson was dominated and picked one-on-one at half court by USC's Marcus Johnson who converted and pushed the Trojans ahead for good.
It begs the question. Considering how poorly he had been playing, why was Anderson even on the floor at such an important juncture in the game?
By now it should be clear to most anyone that Jerime Anderson is not a UCLA level point-guard, or possibly a Pac-10 level for that matter, especially considering the important role a point-guard plays in UCLA Coach Ben Howland's offense.
Senior Nikola Dragovic had another poor offense showing hitting just 1 of 7 from three-point distance. As a team the Bruins were just 7 of 26 for 27% from beyond the arc.
Although the Bruins outrebounded the Trojans 36-23, it could not compensate for the lack of UCLA's composure and ability to withstand the aggressive defensive pressure by USC.
The Trojans were once again quicker, more athletic, and aggressive than their Bruin opponents.
UCLA (6-6, 11-13) was swept by USC for only the sixth time in the last 50 years, and the Trojans beat the Bruins for the first time at the Galen Center which opened in 2006.