Bruins Swamp Cougars in Pullman
By Bruin Basketball Report
UCLA got back on the winning track in Pullman with a 71-51 thrashing of Washington State.
After suffering two consecutive losses at home, the Bruins came out much more active on the defensive end and never let the Cougars into the game.
The Bruins did an exceptional defensive job against the Cougars high scorer Klay Thompson, who was frustrated into just 2 of 9 from the field for 8 points, as the UCLA 2-3 zone shaded towards him all game long and kept a lid on him.
For the contest the Cougars (15-11, 5-9) shot just 36% from the field.
UCLA senior Michael Roll finished with a game-high 15 points on a sharpshooting 6 of 7 from the field including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. He also added 4 assists.
Tyler Honeycutt and Nikola Dragovic contributed 14 points apiece for the Bruins. Honeycutt once again played a solid all around game. His savvy court sense and physical abilities make him an exciting player to watch.
After numerous subpar performances sophomore Jerime Anderson played a solid game finishing with 10 points, 4 assists, and more importantly just 1 turnover in 24 minutes of action. While Anderson is still far from the level of point guard UCLA needs, he did play with more confidence, and hopefully, its a starting point for future improvement in his game.
Freshman Reeves Nelson suffered a nasty gash over his left eye in the first half after he came down hard on a dunk shot and hit his head on the court. He left the floor with a pool of blood under the basket.
Nelson later returned to the bench in the second half with 15 stitches above his eye, fortunately he reportedly did not suffer a concussion. No doubt this latest episode will only add further to the hard-nosed legend of the wildly popular freshman post player.
J'mison Morgan played significant minutes in place of Nelson and played one of his better games of the season. On defense his big 6'10 frame clogged up the middle of the zone. Morgan had 3 blocked shots and added 3 reboudns in 21 minutes of play.
UCLA (12-13, 7-6 Pac-10) shot 65% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc on 6 of 12 shooting.
The Bruins now travel westward to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies on Saturday. The Huskies were losers on Thursday night to USC, 67-64.