Saturday, January 09, 2010

Stanford Sees Green In Win Over UCLA

By Bruin Basketball Report

Box Score

The Bruins finished with a split in the bay area this week after losing to the Stanford Cardinal 70-59 at Maples Pavilion.

UCLA had no answer for Stanford's Jeremy Green who scored 17 of his career-high 30 points in the first half.  Green finished 11 of 18 from the field including 5 of 8 from three-point land. 

Despite outshooting Stanford 54.8% versus 47.2% e field and outrebounding them, 30-25, the Bruins weren't able to pull it together and seemed out of rhythm for most of the contest.

The Bruins had a whopping 23 turnovers which resulted in Stanford having 9 more shot attempts and 13 more free throw tries.  

UCLA came into the game averaging a sloppy 15.3 turnovers.

Seniors Nikola Dragovic scored 13 points and Michael Roll had 12 for the Bruins.  Malcolm Lee added 11 points.

Freshman Tyler Honeycutt got the starting nod again at forward and responded with a game-high 8 rebounds and 3 steals.  

Honeycutt continues to show value to the team not only in the box score but in the intangibles of the game.  The Bruin offensive flow is much better with him on the floor.  He played 26 minutes in the game.

With the loss UCLA falls to 7-9, 2-2.  They will now face crosstown rival USC next Saturday on January 16 at home in Pauley Pavilion.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Bruins Nip Bears In OT On Winning Shot By Roll

By Bruin Basketball Report 

Box Score

Senior Michael Roll hit a 12 foot shot with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime to lift UCLA to a 76-75 win over California at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

After Cal's Jamal Boykin banked in a shot to put the Bears up 75-74 with 21 seconds left, UCLA's Jerime Anderson came down the court and drove into the key but his pass was deflected, but fortunately for the Bruins, it went right to Roll who picked up the ball and made the game winner.

UCLA (7-8, 2-1) trailed for most of the game in a turnover plagued contest.  The Bruins committed 17 turnovers from which the Bears converted into 25 points.

Coach Ben Howland employed primarily a 2-3 defensive zone against Cal, and it was effective on this evening with the Bears shooting only 2 of 18 from beyond the arc.  Cal's sharpshooter Jerome Randle struggled from beyond the arc, hitting just 1 of 8.

The Bruins also struggled in the first half with its long distance shooting going 2 of 11 but turned it around in the second half to spark their comeback.  UCLA shot 7 of 9 for 77.8% in the final half behind Michael Roll and Nikola Dragovic.  Roll finished with 19 points and Dragovi added 18.

Freshman Tyler Honeycutt started the game in place of Jerime Anderson who was benched after arriving late to mandatory rehab appointments earlier in the week.  Honeycutt responded with a team-high 10 rebounds in 29 minutes.

Fellow frosh Reeves Nelson was tough for the undersized Bears to handle in the paint.  Nelson finished with 15 points.  He would have been more effective, however, he was only 7 of 14 from the free throw line. 

UCLA went into this game almost a two-touchdown underdog and it would have been easy for them to fold under the hostile conditions at Haas.  But the young team hung tough for most of the game until they were able to rally with their three-point shooting

And for the second Pac-10 game this season, the Bruins showed they could indeed win by playing primarily zone defense.  

This defense goes against Howland's deep preference for aggressive man-to man, however, he has to coach with the talent that exist on the team.  And for now, or until opponents adjust, its the way the Bruins will have to play defense if they expect to win games this season.

UCLA faces Stanford on Saturday at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (1/4)

By Bruin Basketball Report 

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday. 


Mater Dei advanced to the final with an 86-49 victory over Tustin. Gary Franklin Jr. and Tyler Lamb each had 19 points. Foothill ousted Anaheim Canyon in the other semifinal. LA Times 12/30

Foothill stayed with Mater Dei for the first eight minutes, but the Monarchs jumped far ahead in the second quarter and Foothill would not get close again. Mater Dei defeated Foothill, 68-43, on Wednesday in the championship game of the Orange Holiday Classic at Chapman....Senior guard Tyler Lamb led Mater Dei with 20 points. He was tournament co-MVP with senior guard Keala King, who scored 13. OC Varsity 12/31


Julian Royal, Milton, PF, 2011: No player in this tournament was as consistent as Julian Royal. He played smart and he played aggressive every possession of every game. He showed off his face-up game, used power to clean the offensive glass, and displayed a knack for finishing around the basket. He averaged 18.5 points and 7.8 rebounds, doing it all within the flow of the game. SLAM 12/27

It's not every season buzz builds so quickly about an unsigned senior basketball player that college coaches start to make special trips to see him play in the opening weeks of the season. That's what has happened with Deonte Burton, a 6-foot-2 guard from Compton Centennial. He didn't play last season after transferring from Long Beach Cabrillo, but he is making up for lost time, showing off shooting skills (40 and 38 points in the Westchester tournament) that motivated coaches from UCLA, USC and other schools to start following him from tournament to tournament. LA Times 12/28

Branden Dawson, Lew Wallace's leading scorer and rebounder, had a relatively quiet first half. The junior had nine points and four rebounds at halftime. He finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. "Branden told me he felt a little under the weather, so we told the team to step up," Thomas said. "We are not a one-man team, and we showed that some today." NWI 12/29

Josiah Turner, a junior guard from Sacramento, is starting to like Los Angeles. He attended UCLA's game at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, and he experienced exhilaration on Monday with a career-high 48-point performance in the Oaks Christian tournament that culminated with a game-winning three-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to beat Pasadena, 71-70. "It was fun," Turner said. UCLA Coach Ben Howland was sitting at the top of the bleachers watching Turner's show. He's recruiting the 6-foot-3 Turner, who has the athleticism and firepower to play at the collegiate level. LA Times 12/29

Findlay Prep shooting guard Nick Johnson, a 6-3 junior, was at Mountain View for the early Highland-Mesa Red Mountain game. Red Mountain won in double overtime, 66-63. It's been a downer of a season so far for Highland with the loss of Johnson and Matt Carlino, who is in Indiana to play his junior season. Last year, the backcourt duo led Highland to the 5A-I championship game. Coach Mark Carlino left Highland in the move with his son. Johnson is averaging 13.4 points and 4.7 rebounds for 16-1 Findlay Prep. While Johnson is traveling the country with the Henderson, Nev., prep school, Highland is struggling at 1-9. Johnson still has ASU and Arizona all over him in recruiting battle, but has Kentucky on his heels. AZ Central 12/29

The first half ended fittingly enough with Ray McCallum burying the sixth triple for Country Day. That was lightning. But the 6-0 Yellowjackets showed some second-half thunder in pulling away from Madison (Wisc.) Memorial 61-48 in a battle of state powers. It wasn’t just the back-to-back putback dunks from Amir Williams and McCallum. It was the ability to showed what it can do the inside work, too, that makes Country Day look well-rounded. Williams provided as much of an inside presence as McCallum and fellow outside threats Lee Bailey and Chris Fowler. Detroit Free Press 12/29

Branden Dawson is a strong, athletic and skilled wing who is a highlight waiting to happen in transition. He can finish above the rim, over or around defenders. He has a great midrange game as well. Dawson can knock down midrange jumpers off the catch or dribble with a smooth stroke and great elevation off the floor. He is an excellent ballhandler who likes to slash from the low wing or baseline where he uses his good first step to beat his defender and score at the rim with a dunk or an acrobatic layup. Dawson also attacks the glass on both ends of the floor. If not boxed out physically and aggressively, he is a tip-dunk threat on offense. On defense, he will take it coast to coast. Dawson is not only a tough competitor, but he seems to be a good teammate. He often encouraged his teammates when they made mistakes. Dawson is also capable of defending both wing positions. At times Dawson will force some shots but this young wing has all the tools to be a special player. What a treat to watch. ESPN 12/31

In the third-place game, Friendly erased an eight-point third-quarter deficit and forced overtime before falling to Hoover (Calif.), 63-57. Dame Ndiaye scored eight of his game-high 23 points in the extra session to lead Hoover, while Davon Morton paced Friendly with 16. But the game's main attraction, Hoover's junior center Angelo Chol, scored 12 points under the watchful eyes of Georgetown Coach John Thompson III. In addition to Connecticut and several Pacific-10 schools, the Hoyas have a scholarship offer on the table for the 6-foot-9 Sudanese import. Washington Post 12/31

In the headline game, Romulus and Gary (Ind.) Lew Wallace put an end to the lopsided final scores. A Lew Wallace 3-point attempt with 4 seconds remaining rimmed out to preserve a 56-53 win for Romulus. DeAndray Buckley led a balanced Romulus attack with 12 points. Lew Wallace got 23 points from junior Branden Dawson, a recruiting target of several Big Ten teams. 1/2