UCLA Rally Falls Short On Unforced Errors
By Bruin Basketball Report
The Bruins rallied but came up short losing to the Oregon Ducks, 70-68, at Pauley Pavilion on Senior Day.
After falling behind by 14 points, the Bruins rallied to tie the game, 65-65, with just 2 minutes remaining in the game.
But then Jerime Anderson committed two consecutive turnovers to snuff out the Bruin rally.
In the first play Tyler Honeycutt cut to the basket but Anderson tossed a pass low and behind him for a turnover after which Tajuan Porter hit a three-pointer to put the Ducks up 68-65. On this same play Anderson misplayed a screen set for Porter by going under the screen, and Porter with the extra space hit the trey.
On the ensuing play Anderson dribbled up past halfcourt but then inexplicably threw the ball away with just 50 seconds remaining to end the Bruins chances.
After crawling back from a huge deficit, it was disheartening for the team to lose on the unforced errors.
Senior Michael Roll hit a three-pointer to end the game to bring the final losing margin to one.
Roll, playing his last game at Pauley Pavilion, finished to tie a career-high 25 points.
In the first half UCLA was ineffective attacking the Duck's 2-3 zone, launching numerous three-point shots off the mark to begin the game. They were just 4 of 14 from beyond the arc in the opening half for 28% as they fall behind 41-31 going into halftime.
The Bruins were passive offensively, unable or perhaps unwilling to attack the Oregon zone and instead were willing to slowly pass the ball around the perimeter until forced to launch a shot before the shot clock expired.
In the second half, the Bruins were more effective against the zone as they put Malcolm Lee on the baseline to run behind the zone. It resulted in Lee getting 18 points in the game, mostly on backdoor layups.
Defensively the Bruins were unable to stop Tajuan Porter who finished with 29 points on 7 of 9 shooting from beyond the arc. In addition, UCLA was outrebounded 33-26 by Oregon.
In the second half, the UCLA defensive 2-3 zone got more aggressive, extending and pressuring the Ducks on the perimeter, to help cut the lead, but then the Bruin turnovers at the end were just too much to overcome.
A couple of bright notes from a rather dreary day at Pauley Pavilion, Tyler Honeycutt finished with a game-high 13 rebounds and 9 assists, while fellow freshman Brendan Lane continued to show promise as he finished 4 of 4 from the field for 8 points and pulled down 5 rebounds in 23 mintues of action.
UCLA (13-15, 8-8) travels to Arizona next week and needs to sweep both Arizona schools to end the regular season at .500. It will be no easy task.