UCLA Loses Regular Season Finale to Arizona State
By Bruin Basketball Report
The UCLA basketball team ended the 2009-10 regular season the same way it started.
With a loss.
Arizona State behind center Eric Boateng's 16 points and 14 rebounds defeated UCLA, 56-46, in Tempe to finish the Pac-10 regular season.
The Bruins (13-17, 8-10) competed for parts of the game but were never a threat to the Sun Devils (22-9, 12-6) who never let the Bruins closer than 7 points after the opening moments of the game.
Malcolm Lee and Nikola Dragovic each scored a team-high 15 points but they shot a combined 10-26.
UCLA shot just 32.7% and was a miserable 4 of 20 on three-pointers.
Making matters worse, the Bruins chucked up way too many three-point brick attempts which accounted for 35% of their total field goal tries.
Led by Boateng, the Sun Devils also manhandled the Bruins on the boards 39-30.
Freshman center Reeves Nelson sat out another game with an eye injury, and his replacement Brendan Lane responded with just 2 points and 1 rebound in 17 minutes.
Barring some miracle finish by the Bruins, UCLA is headed for its third losing season since 1947-48, and its second losing season under Head Coach Ben Howland who started coaching at UCLA in 2003.
The Bruins still have the Pac-10 tournament to play. They open on Thursday as the fifth-seed team and will play the fourth-seed Arizona Wildcats.