Tony Parker has career night in UCLA’s blowout win

UCLA moved to 2-0 Tuesday night, easily dispatching Oakland University 91-60. The Bruins ended the first half on a 27-9 run, then stretched out another 18-2 run midway through the second half.

Sophomore center Tony Parker set new career highs with 21 points and 12 rebounds, crushing his previous bests of 12 and five. After playing just 20 minutes due to foul trouble in last week’s season opener, he said he made an emphasis to keep his hands up. He also added three blocks through 34 minutes.

“I just try to do my dirty work early,” he said of his offensive performance. “Get in position early. … It was hard to box me out. I just kept crashing.”

Norman Powell also had a nice game, finishing with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. He flushed in a pair of impressive alley-oops, both assisted by freshman Bryce Alford.

“If you throw the ball up near the rim, I’ll go get it,” the junior guard said. “I’ll finish it for you 9 out of 10 times.”

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  • drakejr

    The Bruins scored 1 point for every person in attendance.

  • Mark

    Tell me when Parker has a “career night” against Missouri or Duke or in a conference game.

  • EncinitasBruin

    It’s great to beat teams badly that we should be beating badly. You never knew what was going to happen when a CBH team took the court. I’ll take two 30-point patty cake exhibition wins and a 2-0 start against lesser competition any day, as opposed to losing to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Go Bruins.

  • Marc

    I’m not quite sure they will be able to hang with any of the top teams in the country. Their passing is very loose, as is their style of play.

    I like the fast breaking, but I’m talking about the half- court crazy passing. A good defensive team will likely collect double- digit steals.

    We’ll see….

    • facescar

      They’ll likely adjust their game against such foes. Especially in the second half the team seemed to loosen up. Played “comfortable” basketball.

    • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

      I’ll be happy to see any enthusiasm on offense.

  • 92104bruinfan

    When is the last time we had a legitimate scoring & glass-cleaning low post presence? Great to see Parker motivated and becoming a force. JA is looking for his shot without having to defer to certain one-and-doner on the team last year. Agree with posters below there are some issues to be cleaned up but Bruins are only two games in so plenty of time to improve as the season goes on. Go Bruins!

  • erasmus

    Beginning to see improvement, most notably Parker and Powell. D Wear is not as much of a loose cannon as last year. Alford has made a difference to these kids. Lets see how they play when the competition gets stiffer and how Alford’s coaching helps(hurts) in the flow of such a game.

  • ProbationU

    Very early in the year. We have 2 players missing and have further work to do on the rotation once we get to full strength. That was a really bad team we played against last night. We did look like we had an idea on how to approach a zone defense, but again, it was a very bad zone D.

    We do not look like a good defensive team A lot of work to do in denying penetration. The guys did not look like they were in a proper defensive stance for much of the time. There was some nice passing and spectacular dunks from Norman Powell. At this point, we are probably overrated at #24. But that does not matter in November.