UCLA rolls over winless Loyola Marymount 75-44
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Forced outside by Loyola Marymount’s zone, UCLA put up half of its 66 shots from 3-point range. Only Michael Roll was consistent from there.
The junior reserve scored 12 points, hitting a career-high four of his team’s season-high 11 3-pointers, and the 14th-ranked Bruins routed the winless Lions 75-44 on Wednesday night.
“We had pretty good ball movement around the zone,” Roll said. “A 2-3 zone leaves a lot of open spots near the top. We’re a good shooting team. We just weren’t tonight.”
Darren Collison added 11 points for the Bruins (7-2), who have won three straight since a four-point loss at Texas on Dec. 4.
Freshman Malcolm Lee hit two 3-pointers, but freshman Jrue Holiday was 0-for-6 from long range and Nikola Dragovic was 0-for-2. The Bruins shot 39 percent from the field.
“There’s going to be games where we’re not hitting,” Collison said. “We’re looking always to shoot as long as we’re continuing to be aggressive.”
LaRon Armstead scored a career-high 18 points for the Lions (0-11), off to their worst start since 1979-80 when they lost their first 20 games.
“I feel bad that so many of the guys they’re counting on are injured,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “They’re going through a tough time.”
The Bruins were favored by 30 1/2 points against a team that is without first-year coach Bill Bayno and has just seven scholarship players, including three freshmen starters. Bayno is taking a leave of absence because of what he said is “a serious medical condition” related to job stress.
“Right now, it’s really frustrating,” acting head coach Max Good said. “We had to get some kids from campus just so we can practice 5-on-5. We are playing without three starters. We will not have the kids watch the tape, but we the coaches will watch.”
UCLA, on the other hand, used 14 players, with the regulars getting plenty of rest in the second half. In the final 5 minutes, the Bruins owned a 29-point lead, making Howland comfortable enough to put some rarely seen faces on the court.
Starter Alfred Aboya left the game early in the second half with a bloody nose.
Loyola trailed by 15 points at halftime before things got away from the Lions. UCLA opened the second half on a 20-8 run, with Collison scoring seven straight points and Roll hitting his fourth 3-pointer, to extend the Bruins’ lead to 59-32.
The Lions had just five field goals in the second half, going 14:41 at one stretch without one, and their 44 points were a season low by a UCLA opponent.
“Good teams will show your weaknesses,” Good said. “We shot 25 percent and I credit that to UCLA playing great defense. We had to work for every basket.”
UCLA dominated the boards 48-34 with James Keefe and freshman Drew Gordon snagging eight each.
The Bruins led 39-24 at halftime despite shooting 35 percent from the field to Loyola’s 33 percent. UCLA opened the game on a 29-16 run, including four consecutive 3-pointers, three by Roll.
In that stretch, Armstead scored 10 straight points for the Lions.