There really isn’t any other way to put this: UCLA thoroughly and completed destroyed Washington tonight by a final score of 107-66. The win was UCLA’s biggest against the Huskies since 1974 when those Dawgs lost by 52 points and the second-biggest ever to that same 1974 game. It was the Huskies’ worst loss to any team since they lost to Stanford by 45 in 2002, the year before Lorenzo Romar became the Huskies’ coach.
Lonzo Ball got things started for UCLA when he hit two free throws, just 30 seconds into the game. From that point forward, UCLA never trailed in the game. The Bruins would extend that to a 14-point lead rather quickly and it was 18-4 with 13:14 left.
As for the anticipated showdown between Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz, both players’ stat sheets looked similar. Both had 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Fultz had a slight scoring edge with 25 points to Ball’s 22 points.
Of course, the Bruins’ dominance over the rest of the Huskies’ team was pretty obvious and it came from Ball’s supporting cast. Washington’s next highest scorer was Noah Dickerson with 10 points, while UCLA had Alford with 21 and Leaf and Holiday with 20 points each. Leaf picked up a double-double with 10 rebounds in addition to his points.
There really isn’t that much else to say about this one. Althought some may criticize Bruins’ coach Steve Alford for not emptying the bench when the outcome was no longer in doubt.