February 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM
UCLA live game thread
IT’S OVER — Wilcox hit a basket to tie it, but Drew drained a buzzer beater over Kemp and N’Diaye. UCLA 59-57,
WHO TAKES THE SHOT? —UW ball. UCLA 57-55, 14 seconds.
CRUNCH TIME — The Huskies survived an 8-0 UCLA run. They trailed 49-43, but Gaddy hit a big three-point to snap an 0-for-12 shooting drought for UW. Wilcox also hit a driving layup to cut UW’s deficit to 49-48. But Drew just hit a layup and was fouled. UCLA 51-48, 3:51.
SEEING DOUBLE — N’Diaye has 15 rebounds which is one shy of his personal best. He has nine points. If he scores again, it would be his ninth double-double performance, which would lead the Pac-12. UW 39-39, 11:26.
STAR GAZING — Cedric the Entertainer and Maurice Jones Drew sitting courtside with Mora. UCLA 37-36, 14:25.
THA’T'S MORE LIKE IT — N’Diaye has scored the last two baskets on a layup and a dunk. Gaddy found him for the layoup and Kemp made the connection that led to a dunk. Good interior passing. UW 36-32, 16:42.
THAT’S THREE — Anderson picked up his third foul. He’s out. David Wear is in. UW 32-30, 17:50.
SECOND HALF —- Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Sloppy game. Washington has 13 turnovers, UCLA eight. The teams have combined for nearly as many TOs (21) as field goals (22). The Huskies are shooting 39.3 percent from the field and they’re 0 for 5 on three-pointers. The Bruins are 1 of 4 behind the arc and 33.3 percent from the field.
UCLA is in the game because it’s scored 13 points off turnovers.
Not exactly sure what Washington is doing right. The Huskies have made it to the line nine times and it’s made six shots. They’re also winning the rebounding battle 24-16.
Suggs has three fouls and Andrews two, which could be a factor in the second half.
Muhammad has a game-high 12 points, but he’s taken a game-high 12 shots.
The Huskies came out of the locker room early to get shots up. That was a good idea.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
TO THE RAFTERS — UCLA is retiring Don Barksdale’s No. 11 jersey.
HALFTIME — UCLA reserve Norman Powell hit a three-pointer at the buzzer. Score tied 28-28.
RUNNING — The Huskies are on a 7-0 run. UW 28-25, 0:52.
EMPTY BENCH — Jernard Jarreau is in the game. He’s the ninth UW player. UCLA 23-19, 6:04.
11 AND COUNTING — That’s 11 turnovers for the Huskies. They had 16 total in last Saturday’s game. Can’t win if you continue giving away possessions. Wilcox and Simmons each have three and Gaddy two. UCLA 17-16, 7:39.
WHERE IS EVERYBODY? — I get it’s LA. And it’s a 6 p.m. start. But this place is not close to being full. I’d guess about 70 percent capacity. Tehre’s sections in the upper deck that are empty. UCLA 13-12, 9:50.
SLOPPY START — Washington has seven points and eight turnovers. Coach Lorenzo Romar is apparently fed up with the sloppy ball handling. He’s put reserve in the game for Gaddy, who has two turnovers. Simmons also has two. UCLA 11-8, 11:49.
FIRST SUB — As usual, Andrew Andrews and Desmond Simmons are in for Suggs and N’Diaye. UCLA 7-6, 14:49.
SLOW TEMPO — Don’t think we’ll get into the 90s tonight. Both teams were having difficulty scoring and committed a few turnovers. The Bruins do a lot whole lot to free Muhammad. They use multiple screens along the baseline. Suggs is dogging Muhammad and will have a hard night fighting through all of the picks. UW 6-6, 15:24.
FIRST POSSESSION — Gaddy found Kemp down low and he was fouled by Anderson. He made both free throws. Nice start. Can’t draw it up any better than that. UW 2-0, 19:23.
MORA — Former Seahawks and UCLA coach Jim Mora is in the house.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs, C.J. Wilcox, Shawn Kemp Jr. and Aziz N’Diaye.
UCLA: G Larry Drew II, G Jordan Adams, G Shabazz Muhammad, G Kyle Anderson and F Travis Wear.
WALTONISMS — Reminder Bill Walton is the color analyst tonight on ESPN. Make sure those dictionaries are close by.
THAT’S NEW — In front of the student band is a DJ with two turntables. No lie. Crazy.
ROLL CALL — The Bruins student section is doing its normal roll call, which consists of chanting players’ names and rhythmic clapping. It’s hokey, but it’s a cool kind of hokey that makes college basketball unique.
NICE DIGS — Here’s a quick look (below) at new Pauley Pavilion before tonight’s game. Editor’s note: The floor is called the Nell & John Wooden Court. Also forgot to get a shot of the national championship banners that hang from the rafters.
THE LEGEND — If you’re a basketball enthusiasts, then you have to travel to Westwood and sit on the granite benches next to the John R. Wooden statue. It’s really an amazing likeness of the legendary UCLA coach. Just sat for a few minutes as students walked by.