Thursday, March 11, 2010

Nelson Returns, Powers Bruins To Pac-10 Tourney Win

By Bruin Basketball Report

Box Score

Freshman Reeves Nelson returned to the line-up and recorded a double-double with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds to power UCLA to a 75-69 win over Arizona in its Pac-10 tournament opener.

Nelson had missed four consecutive games including a loss to the Wildcats in Arizona.

The freshman post player sported goggles all game long to protect his right eye.  He had laser surgery weeks earlier to repair a tear in his retina.

While Nelson complained about the ill-fitting protective eye wear, he gave Arizona more to complain about with his punishing play inside as the Wildcats had no answer for the 6'8 Bruin.  He finished 8 of 9 from the field and played 32 minutes.

Seniors Michael Roll and Nikola Dragovic helped their own chance to play another collegiate game by each scoring 18 points.  

Roll hit on 3 three-pointers while Dragovic was 10 of 12 from the free throw line.  The Serbian also had 3 blocks and 2 steals.

However, it was Nelson who gave UCLA (14-17, 8-10) an interior scoring threat, something the team had sorely missed the past two weeks. 

In this contest UCLA Coach Ben Howland effectively mixed up the defensive scheme - something he hasn't done often this season - by switching from man-to-man to zone defense which seemed to confuse the Wildcats at times in the halfcourt.

Arizona (16-15. 10-8) shot just 40% from the field.

While the Bruins executed better on offense and got the ball inside to Nelson, the Wildcats did not play well defensively as they gave up a number of easy shots to the Bruins.  

UCLA finished the game hitting on 53.2% from the field after starting off 64% in the first half.

With the tournament win, the Bruins will face California tomorrow at the Staples Center in the next round.  The Bears beat the Oregon Ducks 90-74 in the other tournament game.


At Mar 11, 2010, 5:24:00 PM, Anonymous Old Coach said...

How can you not like Reeves?

At Mar 11, 2010, 11:29:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Nice win, keep it going...P.R.I.D.E.
We are U.C.L.A.
Ray M ---> I see you in a UCLA uniform...

At Mar 12, 2010, 3:26:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin4Life said...

Glad Reeves got that dunk at the end of the game.
Can't believe Drago missed his dunk, even so he played relatively well.
Will be interesting to see if Cal can light it up from the three again today. That's what killed us when we played Arizona last week.
Maybe Cal's injuries will finally catch up with them, especially if Reeves gets rowdy.
Go Bruins!

At Mar 12, 2010, 4:23:00 AM, Anonymous Guillermo Montag said...

As long as Reeves doesn't start thinking he's black Drago...I think we're good.

At Mar 12, 2010, 9:34:00 AM, Anonymous UCLASteve said...

UCLA by 7 over Cal

At Mar 12, 2010, 12:26:00 PM, Anonymous AZBruin said...

Well chalk up another loss to Dragovic. 1 - 8 3 pt tough to win playing 4 on 5. Allowed Randle a wide open three to close out the half. They left Drag open for 3s 3 shots 3 bricks on their 10 - 0 run.
Feel bad for Roll. Dragovic "so long chief".

At Apr 18, 2010, 1:20:00 AM, Anonymous david korengold said...

some one needs to tell ben holland to keep mike moser on the team he has no players if other teams want him then he needs to play u bring him in then u yank him right out of the game u leave dragriavch in he makes all those mistakes then u leave him in jermy anderson lost u e3 ball games at the end of the game please hollwand play the guy more let him work though his mistakes like you do with malcom lee and anderson look at whestchester high school they have a top recurit poole u remember chase stanback u did the same thing to him


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