Honeycutt's Double-Double Leads UCLA To Win
By Bruin Basketball Report
Freshman Tyler Honeycutt had the best all-around game of his young collegiate career to help UCLA to a 65-56 victory over the visiting Oregon State Beavers.
Honeycutt recorded a double-double with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. He also added 5 blocked shots, 3 steals, and numerous tipped balls to his resume in this game.
He stepped it up to help the Bruins compensate for a rash of injuries to their front line which includes injuries to James Keefe, Brendan Lane, and Reeves Nelson.
Keefe is out for the season with shoulder surgery, Lane is day-to-day with an injured ankle, while Nelson has not yet been cleared after undergoing laser eye surgery earlier this week.
UCLA played a short 7 man rotation in this game.
Sophomore guard Malcolm Lee snapped back on the offensive end with 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting. He also had just 2 turnovers.
In the first half, the Bruins efficiently picked apart the Beavers' 1-3-1 zone to jump out to 36-26 lead.
In the second half the Beavers' zone got more active as they pulled back into contention to trail the Bruins by just one with less than 4 minutes remaining.
But then UCLA' s defense solidified after a Honeycutt block and a Lee steal, the Bruins pushed the lead back to 7 after a Nikola Dragovic lay-up with less than a minute left in the game.
Dragovic finished with 14 points as he started at center for the Bruins, and did an adequate job in the middle of the defensive zone.
The Bruins shot 52.1% from the field while holding the Beavers to just 33.3%
UCLA now 13-14 (8-7) faces the Oregon Ducks on Saturday.