Washington Easily Handles UCLA in Seattle
By Bruin Basketball Report
With the ESPN cameras rolling to a national audience and the Bank of America Arena rocking due to Senior's night, the Bruins were easily overcome by a charged-up Washington Huskies team, 97-68.
It was a combination of hot-shooting and pressure defense by Washington that subdued the Bruins who seemingly rolled over and simply gave up even before the first half ended.
The Huskies went into halftime with a commanding 49-26 lead on a sizzling 68% field goal shooting. They finished 59.3% for the game and 52% from three-point territory hitting 11 of 21.
Washington could had eclipsed the century mark against UCLA except for Huskies Coach Lorenzo Romar's classy-move to hold the ball on the final possession. Despite the move, it was still the Huskies' largest margin of victory over the Bruins in history.
The Bruins had trouble handling the Huskies defensive pressure.
Guard Malcolm Lee had difficulty fending off Washington's Venoy Overton's on-ball pressure. It affected Lee's overall game as he finished just 1 of 9 shooting and never was able to get his team in any offensive rhythm.
UCLA's 2-3 defensive zone, which was effective against Washington State two nights earlier, was listless and slow reacting in this game. The Bruin rotations were slow and the players caught out of position way too many times especially considering how much time this team has spent practicing the defense this year.
Forward Nikola Dragovic, in particular, did not react effectively to the opponent's ball movement and the Huskies capitalized on his defensive side of the court numerous times.
Huskies' senior Quincy Pondexter turned his final home game at Washington into a personal highlight show, scoring 10 points in the first 5 minutes, finishing with 20 for the game.
For UCLA, freshman Reeves Nelson gutted out the team's best performance and considering he had 15 stitches over his swollen right eye. Nelson battled for 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting.
Another bright note, in an overall dismal night for Bruin faithful, was freshman Brendan Lane who played perhaps his best game of the season with 5 of 6 shooting for 11 points.
UCLA (7-7, 12-14) heads home for their final two games at Pauley Pavilion this season when they face Oregon and Oregon State next week.