The Bruins continued their Jekyll and Hyde routine this evening, with a return to Westwood serving as the catalyst for a dominating performance against the near-cellar dwelling Washington Huskies tonight at Pauley. Behind a season-high 63% shooting from the field and a 42-20 rebounding advantage, UCLA beat UW by a final score of 88-66.
The game seemed over before the first half was done. Norman Powell scored 13 points, and Tony Parker added 12 in a first half in which the Bruins shot 61% from the field, heading to the locker room with a 46-25 lead. Powell finished with a game high 24 points (11-17 from the field) and 7 rebounds, while Parker scored 20 of his own. Issac Hamilton scored an efficient 16 points (6-9, 3-6 from behind the arc) and dished out 10 assists for his first collegiate double-double - also pulling in 5 rebounds and even grabbing 3 steals for good measure.
Much of ESPN's 2nd half telecast consisted of Bill Walton chatting with Kareem in a rare extended KAJ apperance. Even play-by-play man Dave Pasch admitted that there wasn't much reason to follow the 2nd half action in allowing those two to dominate the latter half of the broadcast, and to be fair it was more engaging than the alternative of their following the inevitable on the court - and Bill's question to Kareem about how Coach would have reacted to guards jacking their own shots rather than feeding him certainly wasn't a random thought. UCLA extended the lead to as much as 31 points before coasting through the final minutes while maintaining that 20+ point margin.
The Bruins have an unusually long weekend break ahead, with the next game not scheduled until Sunday evening, when Washington State visits in a 6:30pm tip off.