ANAHEIM — The Bruin Road Show’s first half in Anaheim – also its first without last year’s leading scorer and rebounder, junior forward Reeves Nelson – went relatively well as UCLA leads Penn 39-35 at the Honda Center.
UCLA looked energized on defense but was slow to rotate at times, giving up five 3-pointers. Coach Ben Howland turned to a zone when redshirt sophomore center Anthony Stover came into the game after sophomore center Josh Smith picked up his second foul midway through the half.
UCLA hit on 6-of-11 3-pointers but that may not be a good thing with the obvious size advantage the Bruins have. There haven’t been a lot of good looks in the post. Smith got the ball a handful of times down low but botched two of them although he did clean one of them up and finished it with a 3-point play the old fashioned way.
Senior point guard Lazeric Jones leads the Bruins with 14 points. Senior Jerime Anderson has eight.