Vacationing Georgia Mid-major — who beat sc last year — can’t handle Jrue Holiday and UCLA, as Roll is darin’, and Darren’s on a roll
And it’s Mercer by Numbers, 1, 2, 3…76-59.
The Mercer Bears went to Hollywood for Christmas Vacation, and all they got was this lousy beatdown. The Bruins slowly but surely pulled away from the upset-minded Bears, after being ahead at the Half by only 9. After Freshman Jrue Holiday got the Bruins going, it was Michael Roll, and then Darren Collison who propelled the Bruins to victory.
Some apprehensive Bruin fans called this a “trap game,” meaning that after a very easy win, and without the injured Josh Shipp, UCLA may experience a letdown against an under-rated 6-4 team. You could say that these fans were scared Shippless. But the hole left by Shipp and his ailing thumb was plugged more than adequately by Roll. Mike scored 16, just 1 off his career high, and has hit 8 of his last 10 Three’s.
Roll would have been the MVP, but Collison took over the game in the 2nd Half, as the Bruins extended the lead from 10 to 20 behind a 26-13 edge in Points off Turnovers, a 17-4 edge in Fast Break Points, and Collison’s own 20 Points.
Holiday added 10 Points, 3 Assists, and 2 Offensive Rebounds, while Mercer’s lack of an inside game allowed Alfred Aboya to shine. Aboya scored 14 with 7 Rebounds, and committed only 2 Fouls.
More will be known about Shipp’s injury tomorrow, but since injuries are not a laughing matter, this is not the best place to look for medical updates. By the way, the Lakers’ Jordan Farmar tore something in his knee, and is leaving the team to come back for a Doctor’s exam. Hopefully, both players will recuperate quickly, and enjoy a healthy 2009.
And speaking of healthy, here is another Christmas present for you to sit back and enjoy during this Holiday Season: A lengthy pictorial featuring the UCLA Spirit Squad. And, just to be in the Christmas Spirit, it includes some sc song girls, and some colorful, blue vs. red game photos.