Good dimes, bad dimes, you know we’ve had our share — UCLA’s Season-high 26 Assists give Dazed and Confused Buffaloes No Quarter, as hot-shooting Bruins Ramble On to 77-60 win
After two straight Heartbreaker losses, it looked like The Levee Was Going To Break, but now the Bruins have turned the Page, and Planted a seed of confidence in all their minds, and in the minds of their fans as well. Colorado came to L.A. tied for first place in the Pac-12, leading the Conference in Field Goal Percentage Defense, but UCLA ran their Offense so efficiently, that they shredded the Buffs’ vaunted D.
UCLA shot 60% from the floor — their best percentage in 2 years — and 9 for 13 from Three Point Land, on their way to an easy victory. It didn’t start out easy, as the Buffs went up 5-0, and then 12-4, but the Bruins soon found their stride, with good Defense feeding the Offense, and great passing opening up wide-open shots to fuel a 22-4 run that put the Bruins up by 10.
The Buffaloes responded with heart and poise though, going on a run of their own to regain the lead before Halftime. But the Bruins came on again, behind the solid all-around play of Lazeric Jones, and snatched the lead right back, going into the locker room up 40-36. In the Second Half, the Guard Play continued to lead the way, as the Bruins methodically built up a double-digit lead. Great shooting and even better passing by the Backcourt dissected the Colorado Defense, and kept the Bruins in command for the rest of the game. Travis Wear had a stretch where he got open three times, including on a nifty ally-oop, to quell any fears of a Colorado comeback.
The Bruins’ individual stats weren’t impressive in the Utah game, but that was not the case on Saturday. Jones scored 17 with NINE Assists; Travis Wear tallied 14 Points, 7 Boards, 2 Steals and a Block; And Tyler Lamb got 13 Points, 6 Assists, 7 Rebounds, 3 Steals, and 1 Block, all while holding Colorado’s leading scorer to just a measly 2 buckets on Defense.
This was the Bruins’ best performance of the year, considering the opposition. Now, the trick is to maintain the smooth execution of the Offensive attack while ON THE ROAD. The Bruins have been solid at home and lousy on the road for quite a while now, and will have to stop that trend if they have any hope of finishing at the top of the Pac. Next up is a treacherous trip to Washington/WSU, where the Bruins might be underdogs, but definitely have the potential to sweep, IF they play like they did on Saturday — Unselfishly, patiently, tenaciously, and together, as a TEAM.