UCLA 86 – Sacramento State 50: Bruins Win a Laugher at “Blued-Out” Pauley

Another "blue out" at Chianti's Pauley - Ryan Rosenblatt

Recap of UCLA’s 86 - 50 win over a cupcake (Sacramento State) at an empty, mostly bored looking crowd at Pauley Pavilion.

Well it was another "blue-out" at the Old Pauley Under Glass (OPUG) as Steve Alford's irrelevant program won a cupcake non-conference game infront of no one. Oh wait, I guess some students showed up since the mid-terms are over, but otherwise there wasn't much. Bruins beat up Sacramento State by a final score of 86-50. Here is the boxscore.

Jordan Adams led the team with 21 points (8-12 FG). Adams had 8 steals. Kyle Anderson had another typical Anderson like game, filling up his statsheet with 8 points, 8 assists,  6 rebounds, and 2 steals. Bruins. Norman Powell had some beautiful athletic moves while running down the court on fast-breaks. He finished the game with 14 points and 3 boards. David Wear also finished with a double-double (12 points and 10 boards).

Bruins were up by 13 (36-23) at the half before blowing the game open in second half with a 23-6 run that ballooned the lead to 59-29. The whole second half was basically garbage time against a hapless opponent. It was a dunk contest between Powell and Zack LaVine (who finished the night with 14 points and 5 boards).  There was actually some semblance of defense from the Bruins tonight as they held Sac. State to 33.9 % shooting and stole the ball 15 times.

In case you are wondering Balford didn't totally stink up the joint tonight. He played  24 minutes, scored 7 points with 5 assists (2 TOs). At least he was looking to pass first at times tonight (maybe because he was sick) which included a hot-dogging behind-the-move in garbage time. But he played no defense (seems incapable of playing D-1 defense). As BillytheSid commented - "meh".

Not sure why I stayed up to blog this recap (listening to Don MacLean shill hard for the Chianti and his incompetent clowns is not exactly exciting). If you want to make a big deal of this game, which means nothing, go for it. Otherwise, the takeaways is basically more "meh" as Bruins remain on course to an expected easy 7-0 start for this season filled with cupcakes.

GO BRUINS.

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