In an offensive showcase, UCLA shooters were too much for Michigan to handle, as the No. 2 Bruins defeated the Wolverines, 102-84, at Poley Pavilion Saturday evening.
Well, simply put, UCLA (10-0) had too many offensive weapons for U-M (7-3) to defend. Five Bruins finished in double-digit scoring, led by freshman TJ Leaf, who scored a game-high 19, and possible future No. 1 pick, Lonzo Ball, who added 18.
Zak Irvin led the Wolverines with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
At the half, the game was tied at-50, with U-M shooting a red-hot 12-of-16 form 3s, and UCLA wasn't that far behind, at 10-of-14.
The second half struggle
In the second half, UCLA took control of the game. Most notably, Bryce Alford, who took over with his deep 3s,finishing with 18 points on 3-of-6 from 3-point range.
And the sharp shooting in first half from U-M, countered with lack of ball movement and stale shooting from deep, with U-M 2-of-12 from 3s in the second half.
While Michigan played UCLA tough for 30 minutes, the Bruins firepower was too much tonight. However, U-M also proved it can play with the big boys, if only for a half and some change.
Michigan next plays n Tuesday at 9 p.m. against Central Arkansas.