Lack of Depth Catches Up at No. 12 UCLA
Men's basketball can't keep pace as lack of depth and brutal stretch catches up with them in second half.
Dec. 17, 2008
Los Angeles, CA - The lack of depth, third game in five days and the defense of 12th-ranked UCLA saw the legs of the Loyola Marymount men's basketball drop off in the second half as the Bruins pulled away in the second half for a 75-44 win at Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday night.
"We said before that the great teams do the little and basic things really well. They played fundamentally sound and great teams expose your weakness," said Acting Head Coach Max Good. "They showed us no mercy on defense and went after us. We shot only 25 percent and I credit UCLA's defense for that."
The Lions, who trailed just 44-30 after a LaRon Armstead jumper with 16:48 to play, went the next 14:43 without a field goal and just seven free throws as the Bruins built a lead as large as 36. The Lions finished the game shooting just 25 percent, 17.9 percent in the second.
"In the second half, I will be honest with you, I think we are getting worn down a little bit," said Good. "We are asking freshman to play 36, 37 minutes every night. We don't have a choice. Our legs gave out on us a little."
"LaRon is really stepping up as a scorer and has really learned a lot in the last five six games. Kevin played really well tonight as well and was very active. But we are asking these guys to play too many minutes," said Good.
LMU's defense was again impressive, holding the Bruins to their lowest shooting percentage at home on the season at just 39.4 percent.
While the Lions played just seven players, UCLA rolled out double that with 14 players getting into the game. Leading scorer Jarred DuBois, who leads the team with more than 35 minutes per game, had six assists and just one turnover but went 0-for-10 from the field. He went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe, running his streak of made free throws to 14 before he missed.
The stretch isn't over for the Lions as they play Tulsa on Saturday at Gersten Pavilion. Tip is set for 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.