UCLA trails 29-18 at half

Cal fed off the energy of the Haas Pavilion crowd and simply blitzed the Bruins throughout the first half, taking a 29-18 lead into the locker room.

UCLA is shooting 7-of-24 from the field and 1-of-12 from 3-point range, with 10 turnovers, limping to its worst first half of the season (the Bruins scored 17 in the second half against Pacific). With just over seven minutes left in the half, no UCLA player had more than two points.

Worse, the Bears are out-hustling the Bruins, racing to almost every loose ball, every 50-50 opportunity, every offensive rebounds. Cal has owned the glass with a 22-13 advantage, including eight offensive boards.

And it’s not as if the Bears shot the lights out, either: Cal is only at 40 percent and has seven turnovers, too.

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  • Semi-Pro

    Reeves Nelson was completed checked out of this game. He was so awful…he was actually a handicap out there. How do you not box out a free throw IN OVERTIME?!?!

  • Johnny Angel

    This loss highlights the Bruins youth, inexperience, and lack of physical maturity. A very difficult game to watch.

  • Stan

    This loss is on Coach. In overtime, only one man is beating the Bruins and its all by penetration. He should’ve gone zone and didn’t. Secondly, Smith fouls out and is replace by a guard, Anderson. Immediately the Bruins lost an defensive rebound off the freethrow and Cal got an easy put back after the next missed shot. Why in the world would you sub 6″2 for 6’10″? Just amazing to see. I can see 3 Bruins possibly being drafted in the NBA this year & Howland can’t win with these guys. Wow!

  • Nick

    Absolutely pathetic game! Honeycutt and Reeves turn the ball over sooo much. Josh Smith was a complete NON FACTOR in this game!

  • Anonymous

    Imagine if the team hadn’t fought back in the second half. The moaners and complainers would really come out in force.

  • BE REAL

    Didn’t see the game; I didn’t want to interfere with the buzz I was feeling after witnessing how the NBA All-Stars are the greatest athletes on earth.