Like many others I didn't get to watch the pre-game festivities. I did see clips of it during the broadcast over the nauseating voice of a certain head coach in name only. But it didn't really matter.
Judging by the display of emotion we saw from DC out of the gate, we knew it was going to be a fun day at Pauley. Bruins were sloppy at times perhaps battling their own adrenaline and emotions on one of the most special seniors days in recent UCLA basketball history but they got it done.
JS, DC and PAA celebrate their last home game in the House Coach Wooden built in style by crushing a hapless bunch of Ducks. The final score was 94-68. Here is the box score.
JS once again had a phenomenal game finishing with a team high 28 points (and 6 boards). He probably could have had more as he blew couple gimmes but didn't matter. DC finished the day with 19 points. He did go down in a hard foul late in the second half which had the entire Bruin Nation holding its collective breath but I think he is going to be allright (keeping my fingers crossed). Per rye "after the game in a radio interview he said it was bruised and a little sore, but he’d be ready to go on Thursday."
PAA had another classic game with 10 points and 7 boards making his parents beeming with pride from the Pauley stands.
The whole team shot a scorching hot 57 percent and also making 13 of its 14 FTs. Oregon was limited to 39 percent shooting. Still the scary thing is, I think our boys could have played even better. I think ND really needs to work on his defensive effort and the team over all can possibily find instances while watching the game tape during which they could have focused harder. But hey I am not going to nit pick in a day like today.
I know many are watching the game up in Seattle as I type this but I really don't care. I think if our Ben Ball warriors play their game - defend with relentness, fight for every rebound and stay patient on offense - they will have nothing to fear no matter who they take on,
Let's just take it one game at a time.
Fire away in our senior day post game victory thread..