A day later going over the statistics is almost as much fun as watching the game again. First things first. 71-49 UCLA over Arizona. I think I'll repeat that. 71-49 UCLA over Arizona. UCLA is tied for the Pac-10 lead with a 12-4 record. They finished 8-1 at Pauley during conference play and 16-2 overall at Pauley.
Reeves Nelson's line is outrageous. 27 pts. on 10-13 shooting and 7 of 8 from the line, with 16 rebounds and 3 assists.The front line dominated. Josh Smith scored 17 on 7-11 shooting and, get this, 3-3 from the line. Tyler Honeycutt scored 15 on 6-12 shooting and had only 1 turnover in a team high 37 minutes of play. These three scored 59 of the 71 pts.
Tyler Trapani led the team in shooting percentage, shooting 100% from the field. He was tied by Jerime Anderson who shot 2-2 and had 3 assists and zero turnovers in only 15 minutes of play. It was another solid performance from Anderson. Nelson, Honeycutt, Lazeric Jones, Smith, Malcolm Lee and Anderson each had 3 assists, as the Bruins shared the ball and the victory. Zeek handled the team well. The Bruins had a 18 to 8 assists to turnover ratio.
Anthony Stover was instrumental in the win. He had a monster first half, blocking a team high 4 shots, and helped the team build a 10 pt. halftime lead (40-30) with Nelson and Smith in foul trouble. 4 shots in 18 minutes of play. Not too shabby. Honeycutt had three blocks, Lee had 2 and Smith had one for a total of ten blocks. The intimidating shot blocking contributed to Arizona to shooting 31% from the field - 25% in the second half.
CBH's game plan of getting the ball inside and his offense/defense use of Smith and Stover gave us a noticeable advantage over Arizona's Sean Miller. The team is getting better at getting the ball in to Smith. Arizona had no answer for Smith. Arizona had both Smith and Nelson in foul trouble 2/3 of the way through the first half but failed to capitalize. Anyone who watched the Cal game knows that a high pick and roll using Williams would have made Nelson and Smith vulnerable to fouls from penetrating guards, but apparently Miller doesn't watch game film.
The Bruins won by 22 over the (former) No. 10 team in the nation, despite making very few outside shots. The margin of victory could easily have been higher, as Lee took some very good shots on difficult drives and they just didn't fall. The Bruins were beasts on the boards as a team, out-rebounding Arizona 40-27.
Best of all, this game showed what the Bruins can be.