Well I think we have officially come out of the rough patch we hit at Pauley last Saturday (knocking on wood). Ben Ball warriors were clicking on all cylinders last night both on offense and defense as they put together their most complete performance of the season yet.
The most encouraging part of last night’s performance was how we shredded ASU’s 3-2 zone. Remember we didn’t have an easy time with Sendek’s defensive scheme last year. And till yesterday we were still working our way through against zone defenses. Well hopefully what we saw last night will be norm for rest of the season. Because according to Coach Howland that was our best performance in terms of attacking the zone in his five years at UCLA. From Dohn in the Daily News:
Westbrook was central in attacking Arizona State's zone, and he finished with 10 points and seven assists, and did not turn over the ball.
"I wanted to attack the zone early in this game with efficiency, and that's our best five players in attacking the zone," Howland said. "We did a good job being patient. We did a good job penetrating, jump-stopping, making passes to other players. ... That's the best we've attacked the zone in five years since I've been at UCLA by far."
"Russell penetrated very well and made a lot of good plays on jump stops, pump-fakes and passes.
"That's a lot of efficiency," Howland said. "To only take 12 threes against a zone is a good sign."
Certain that they could break down Arizona State by going inside (Luc Richard Mbah a Moute started UCLA's initial run with a layup) and then outside (Josh Shipp made consecutive open three pointers in the middle of it), the Bruins were able to be aggressive and creative.
Junior wing Josh Shipp busted out of his shooting slump and scored 21 points, freshman center Love added 20 points and 10 rebounds and Collison scored 14 points and had nine assists against one turnover.
There were two key plays to note from last night. First after falling behind big by 17 points in the first half the Devils made a mini run to close the gap to 10 and were looking to cut it to single digits. Well then this happened. Take a look (thanks to grok451):