November 21, 2008

UCLA suffers first loss

UCLA (2-1) suffered their first loss of season against an inspired and poised Michigan (3-0) team that refused to go away. The Bruins jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first half, but in what was a precursor to come, the well disciplined Wolverines rattled off six straight points after an official timeout. That not only put the Wolverines back in the game, but gave them the confidence that they could play with the Bruins.

Even though the Bruins pretty much dominated the first half, the Wolverines only trailed by six points 29-23. What makes that statistic troubling is the Bruins hit on 50 percent from the floor, while Michigan only hit 31 percent of their shots, and the Bruins outrebounded the Wolverines 21-8.

The thing that kept Michigan close was their defense in the first half causing UCLA to turn the ball 11 times in the first half against only two for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines came out strong in the second half going on a 10-2 run to take the lead and the momentum. It seemed that the Bruins were swimming upstream in the second half and never fully got into a rhythm.

For the second half the Bruins hit only eight out of 23 shots, for a percentage of 34.7 while the Wolverines were hitting at a blistering 61.9 percent including a couple of clutch three's from deep down town.



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