Firin’ Bryce — Bryce Alford hits 4 straight 3-pointers during a second half run, giving the Bruins consecutive double-digit comeback wins, this time snuffing the Buffs 92-74, a victory keyed by another remarkable all-around performance by Kyle Anderson
On Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion, the UCLA-Colorado game tipped off at an unusually-early 6pm. With all the construction on the 405, most people were still in their cars when the game began. But that didn’t stop the Bruins from getting off to a blazing start. UCLA raced out to an early lead, perhaps inspired by their horrid early play against u$c last week. With the Wear Twins leading the way, UCLA jumped ahead 11-3. Then complacency set in, and the Buffaloes found their rhythm, and then some. Before anyone realized what was going on, Colorado built a 12-point lead at 33-21.
That’s when Kyle Anderson took over. Anderson, who finished with 22 Points, 11 Assists, and 7 Rebounds, coolly led the Bruins back, cutting the deficit to 2 points, with a run that included Bryce Alford getting a Rebound, an Assist, and Field Goal in a very short time span. A Buffalo slam at the buzzer gave Colorado a 36-32 lead at the break. When play resumed, Alford must have felt confident, because he proceeded to nail 4 straight three-pointers, giving the Bruins a 10-point lead. Travis Wear was also crucial to the Bruins’ effort, going 6-for-6 on the night for 13 Points. Jordan Adams added 17 Points, despite going 0-for-5 from behind the arc. Tony Parker also played a key role, getting a couple of big boards and a clutch put-back.
But it was Anderson’s floor leadership and multi-talented game that kept the Bruins grounded. Those 11 dimes inspired great team passing, which led to a total of 25 Assists on the evening. And it was Alford who became the true unexpected hero, with his hot hand in the second half. Alford had been ice cold from the perimeter lately, but he has been better in Pauley, and he cherished the home court advantage on Thursday night. The Bruins will need his good shooting if they hope to have a successful stretch run to their season.
You wanna know the real reason why I am so happy about Bryce’s hot streak? Well, it’s like this: There was a fat-ass blowhard sitting right behind me in the seats at Pauley, and right from the moment that Alford entered the game, this arrogant loudmouth perched behind me refused to shut up. Every play brought more loud, obnoxious vitriol, ALL aimed at Alford, Continue Reading »