March 13, 2010

Season over Howland's Bruins

UCLA lost its 18th game in 32 tries with an 85 to 72 loss to the Cal Bears in the semi-finals of the PAC-10 Tournament. In a tale of two halves, UCLA won the first half with sparkling shooting (58 percent), and decent defense. The second half went south fast as the Bears ran away from the suddenly lethargic Bruins with several runs and great defense. UCLA made 8 of their first 13 shots in the first half and led by 10 points at the 12:30 mark, 20 to 10.

Michael Roll was hot and scored 16 points in the half. But the Bears made a late run and brought their deficit down to 4 points at the half, making the last two baskets of the half. Cal was down by only one point with 6:38 left in the half but UCLA's Jerime Anderson scored seven points in the last 4:18 to keep the Bruins ahead. Cal shot 50 percent for the half. UCLA got 15 boards to Cal's 9 but had 10 turnovers to Cal's seven. The Bruins did get six steals in the half.

In the second half, the Bruins came out letting Cal score at will while they missed most of their shots. Cal went on a 12 to 0 run and led by 10 points at the 12:08 mark of the second half and never let the hapless Bruins get closer than 6 points at the 1:28 mark before scoring the last seven points of the game to finish with a 13 point margin.

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