December 17, 2006

Bruins Methodical In Victory

Once again the top ranked UCLA basketball team disposed of an inferior opponent, and once again they did it in less than impressive fashion, slugging out another victory, this time a 74-53 grinder over Oakland University in front of 8,612 at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday evening.

To be fair, the Golden Grizzlies appeared to be well coached and played fine defense for the majority of the contest. They are something of a slowdown team, so the score is about what was anticipated, but Oakland boxed out well, rotated their perimeter defenders well, and cut off passing lanes well for long time head man Greg Kampe.

Despite having to work for most of its offense, UCLA ended up shooting over 50% for the game, and finished an efficient 6-for-15 from beyond the three-point line. A balanced scoring effort was headed by point guard Darren Collison who had 15, with Arron Afflalo and Josh Shipp chipping in 14 and 12 a piece.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, fresh off perhaps his worst two performances in a Bruin uniform, took some finals, shaved his head, and grabbed 12 rebounds, ending any concerns over a perceived regression in his game as a result of a nagging groin injury.

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