Mizzou spoils UCLA’s undefeated start

Missouri handed No. 18 UCLA its first loss of the season on Saturday, defeating the Bruins 80-71 and extending its home winning streak to 24 games. Jabari Brown scored a game-high 22 points, and was one of three Tigers with at least 20 points.

UCLA’s season-low in scoring came on just 37.7 percent shooting, going 8-of-31 in the second. Sophomore guard Jordan Adams had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine each had 13 points.

Travis and David Wear combined for four points in 43 minutes.

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  • Joe Blow

    Darn it. I knew we’d choke. Fire Alford.

  • CaliGrown

    9:30am games are never good to UCLA. If we work on rebounding n boxing out we should be a very good team. Disappointed none the less’

  • Mark

    Alford needs to tighten things up. I haven’t seen any real evidence of coaching. When the game ground to a halt in the second half Ucla couldn’t execute in the 1/2 court set. Bad shots, no movement – looked like the darkest days of the Howland tenure. The defense is non-existent. Opponents can drive the lane at will. Oh, and CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GRAB A DEFENSIVE REBOUND!

  • Cliff Sakata

    Was excited and about to give Alford the benefit of the doubt after the first half. The second half was obviously a different story. This is probably why he sucks in the tournament year after year.

  • ProbationU

    We are all perimeter. Glad we are recruiting some bigs for next year because we have no inside scoring and no rebounding. The best coaching job and in game adjustments were not going to correct that. We need some of the big guys to start stepping up on D and boxing out for rebounds. The league is tougher than we think.

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

      A lack of size is no excuse for a lack of toughness.

  • Marc

    My take:

    UCLA lacks toughness, especially in the interior.

    There’s a reason Missouri has won 24 home games in a row.

    That reason: the refs.

    I’m not pinning this loss solely on those bastards, but they sure do have a greater impact on basketball games then they do on football games.

    They’re the ones who allowed Missouri to be very physical down low.

    It’s UCLA’s fault they lost, though.

    They couldn’t match the physicality that was being allowed down low.

  • Bryan

    The difference in the game was the Wears/Parker’s unwillingness to be role players. They sulked because they didn’t get offensive touches and were destroyed in the second half on the backboard.

    UCLA also stopped sharing the ball and chose to go 1-on-1 in the second half. No toughness under the rim and no sharing among scorers spelled doom.