Wow. First thank you to everyone who attended! The loud crowd (and the spirit of Coach) helped the team today. The best win for UCLA in a number of years. I am almost too pumped to write this. Box score is here.
So many stars to mention. Reeves Nelson had a great game, his best as a Bruin. To me the best story line was his defense. Playing against Derrick Williams the whole second half Reeves gave up only one FG! Oh, and he also had his career high in points and 16 rebounds.
And the last basket in the history of Pauley is by Wooden's great grandson, Tyler Trapani.
Also, we are tied for first place in the Pac-10 and have almost certainly punched our tournament ticket. I bet we are ranked for the first time since 2008-2009. Is this a perfect ending or what?
More after the jump.
It was also a classic Ben Ball game. We went through an offensive dry spell but the defense never stopped. Anthony Stover had 4 (or 5) of UCLA's ten blocks. Arizona, one of the top shooting teams in the country, shot 31%!
UCLA shot 52%, and except for a few minutes in the second half, looked awesome on offense. Going to the hoop early and often. We pounded the ball inside with the big three (Honeycutt, Smith, and Nelson), out scoring the whole Mildcat team 59-49.
UCLA dominated the game in every way possible. This was not a matter of Arizona looking bad either. Williams showed why he is a lottery pick in the first half. Arizona put together a clutch run the first time they were down 20 with a couple of clutch threes. But UCLA was too much, too good.
Nice time for the Bruins to put together a complete effort for the full 40 minutes. Great job guys.
Great Perfect game and ending for "Old Pauley."