Exhibition Recap

UCLA beat Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday 83-60, but struggled in its man defense. Tony Parker returned from his ankle injury to play 20 minutes...

UCLA beat Cal State San Marcos 83 to 60 on Tuesday night, and that's about all you can take from the game—it was an exhibition in a mostly empty arena in the middle of the regular season against an NAIA team. It was pretty clear that San Marcos played with more intensity in the first half, as you might expect. UCLA's man defense struggled with missed rotations and poor close outs, especially in the first half, but San Marcos shot very poorly, missing 11 free throws and 14 three pointers. Even with the poor shooting from San Marcos, the score was 20-19 UCLA with 11:52 to go in the first half, and 52-40 with 13:08 to go in the second half.

On the offensive end, UCLA was able to exploit some poor rotations and its athletic advantage to get some easy buckets, outscoring San Marcos by 11 in the last 10 minutes of the first half, and then putting the game away with a 9-0 run in the second half that put the Bruins up by 23 with 8:49 to go. Larry Drew had a number of nice passes for easy layups in the first half.

Tony Parker played 20 minutes, and rebounded pretty well. His mobility did not seem limited after spraining his ankle a week ago. He turned the ball over four times, though, getting stripped on two possessions and also receiving a chest pass from Larry Drew in the post which he dropped. Drew led all players in minutes with 31; every other UCLA scholarship player's minutes ranged through the mid 20's.

And…that's about all we're going to take from this game. UCLA's man defense, as Howland acknowledges post game, is still a work in progress and a long ways away from where it needs to be, so expect to see a healthy amount of zone against Texas this weekend.

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