Bruins Blow Big Lead, Lose to Wildcats
By Bruin Basketball Report
In yet another chapter in UCLA's lost season, the Bruins let the Arizona Wildcats rally from 14 points in the second half to lose, 78-73, in Tucson.
UCLA defenders inexplicably were unable to locate hot-shooting Arizona guard Kyle Fogg who hit 5 of 6 three-pointers down the stretch to help the Wildcats overcome its big deficit.
Fogg simply patiently set up on the wing or in the corner and waited for a pass from a teammate against UCLA's soft 2-3 zone and repeatedly hit open shots.
He finished with a career-high 26 points including 19 points in the deciding final half.
This was a game for the Bruins to win. While Michael Roll was torching Arizona for 21 points, freshman Tyler Honeycutt was controlling the boards with 11 rebounds and the defensive paint with 2 blocks.
But UCLA's inconsistent zone defense was slow in reacting and rotating in the second half as Fogg shot his team back into the game.
Freshman center Reeves Nelson did not play again due to his post-op eye surgery.
Brendan Lane played solidly at center for 27 minutes and recorded 7 points and 6 rebounds before fouling out with a few minutes to play in the game.
The loss on Thursday ensured UCLA (13-16, 8-9) will end the regular season sub-500, the first time since Coach Ben Howland's first season in Westwood when the Bruins finished 2003-04, 11-17.
UCLA travels to Tempe for its Pac-10 regular season finale against the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday.