Three days ago, UCLA beat Div-II Cal State San Bernardino 80-72 in an exhibition match-up.
Josh Smith beasted with 26/7 in 27 minutes, went 14-18 from the line. Reeves had 16/10, while Lazeric Jones had 10 with 4 assists (5 turnovers though!). The Wear twins were decent with David getting 9/6 and Travis getting 10/3 in 15 minutes. Tyler Lamb went 1-5 from the field.
UCLA head coach Ben Howland on Brendan Lane's DNP against Cal State San Bernadino:
"He's not ahead of the four guys that are ahead of in. It's based on how each game goes. Right now he's the fifth big guy. He brings a good attitude every day, works real hard."
On Loyola Marymount:
"Their two guards are really good players. (Anthony) Ireland the starting guard, very quick, chagnes speeds, shoots it well. They have a lot of guys with a lot of experience.
On not starting Josh Smith:
"Kind of the same reason we went away from it early in the season last year - lot of times officials are trying to set a tone early. I don't want him to be in foul trouble. Josh was fine with it. He still played his minutes and played well."
On having length, especially with Anthony Stover:
"It'd be nice to get Stover back. His length is the length that bothers more people than anybody. Josh has good length and size combined, but Stover is the kid in our progam who changes more shots."
"We had too much standing. Too much relaxation. We've got to do a better job with our shot selection."
"First game jitters, adrenaline flowing, going too fast. When you slow down things seem to open up a lot more than when you speed up."
On Josh Smith's foul shooting:
"He's going to get to foul line a lot. He's just a load to handle. His free throw shot is much improved from where it was a year ago at that time. Really nice compact stroke. Anything above 70 percent is great for him. I'm happy with him shooting over 70 percent."
On Smith in the post:
"The one thing I want him to do better is that sometimes he dribbles right in middle of paint. I would lie him to not dribble and catch it so he can go straight up. It slows down his release a little bit and people are able to react a little quicker."
On Tyler Lamb's defense:
"I thought that Lamb did a very good job defensively for the most part. He's going to have that role of taking on the other team's two-guard a lot of the time. Zeek got in foul trouble in second half and had a couple that were ill-advised. We have to keep him out of foul trouble. That was a factor in the game."
On David Wear's defense:
"I thought that he got extended out a few times defensively, got dribbled on two occasions in a row. It kind of depends who you can gap or who your tied to. Overall, he did a good job."
On Tyler Lamb:
"I think Tyler will score consistently. He's going to have an opportunity to score on a consistent basis for us. I've always liked a team who has four or five guys in double figures. You want to have good balance."