Bruins cruise past CSU San Marcos in second exhibition

Another exhibition game, another 30-point win. Lifted by a pair of strong sophomore showings Monday night, UCLA easily dispatched Cal State San Marcos, 109-79.

Kyle Anderson, entrusted with more ball-handling duties his second year, stuffed the box score: 22 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists. He also hit both his attempts from beyond the arc, where he struggled a year ago with a 21.1 percent conversion rate.

Center Tony Parker, over 20 pounds lighter than he was a year ago, had 17 points and 16 rebounds — an promising performance for a player who was strapped to the bench as a freshman.

As they did in a 96-66 exhibition win last week over Cal State San Bernardino, the Bruins struggled on 3-point attempts, hitting just four of their 17 shots. That didn’t matter much as CSU San Marcos shot 34.7 percent from the field.

Forward Malcolm Lemmons led the Cougars with 20 points. Guard De’End Parker, who briefly played for the Bruins in 2011 before transferring to San Francisco, chipped in 12 points and three assists. The Dons dismissed him in May for detrimental conduct.

For competitive reference, San Diego State beat CSU San Marcos, 81-66, in an exhibition last Friday.

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  • Marc

    Tony Parker looked really good last night. I hope this is a preview of what can be expected out if him this year.

    Kyle Anderson looks a little quicker. Maybe that’s just me. j/k. No, he looks pretty good.

    Zach LaVine is an extremely talented player, and is going to have a highlight reel season for the Beuins. Will he stay for more than one year?

    Jordan Adams and Norman Powell both look like they will get their opportunities this year. The former should improve on his Freshman phenom stats, while the latter may finally look like the player we fans were hoping for the last couple of years. They are both very talented.

    Wear is wear. Good, but not great. He did some really good things last night, though.

    Bryce Alford. The question will be, IMO, who is going to tell the coach to tell his son to stop shooting when he looks terrible. Who’s going to tell him, and will he listen, when it’s apparent that his son is a detriment to the team in a game (say at Arizona or at Washington). Will he sit his son when he’s jacking up terrible shots and playing reckless.

    I ask this because in the two pre-season games I’ve noticed his shot selection is bad and his shooting percentage doesn’t appear to be very good. Yet, he’s getting minutes and he keeps pulling the trigger. Will his dad be able to do what’s right for the team if that means diminishing his son’s minutes?

    I like the new look; they are fast-breaking and they are moving around. I, for one, hated Howlznd’s stand around offense. Even when he was winning, that was something I hated.

    A soft early season schedule should allow this team to round into form before the PAC-12 slate. They should be fun to watch, if anything is to be taken from the two exhibition games. Go Bruins!

    • Oz

      of course Bryce is getting heavy minutes in the preseason, he’s being looked at as the back-up PG & he’s playing like a nervous freshman with ants-in-his-pants. They have to settle him down, that’s what the preseason is for.

  • Brian

    Good to see Da’End still playing.

  • WestwoodGuy

    Bryce should get few minutes this season.