Friday, February 14, 2020

UCLA beats Washington State in OT 86-83. Bruins sitting pretty at 14-11, 7-5.

from UCLA Athletics

Chris Smith dropped 23 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his third double-double as UCLA came back to beat WSU in overtime Thursday. The Bruins have won nine straight at home against WSU, and six of their last seven overall against the Cougars. Cody Riley dropped 19 points on 9-10 from the field in a performance off the bench for UCLA.

UCLA forward Cody Riley spoke with Pac-12 Networks' analyst Don MacLean after scoring 19 points (including 11 points in overtime) as the Bruins defeated Washington State, 86-83, on Thursday night. Riley shot 9 for 10 from the field in UCLA's victory.

from Mike Regalado -BRO

UCLA Defeats Washington State, 86-83, in Overtime

LOS ANGELES – Redshirt sophomore Cody Riley scored 11 of his 19 points in overtime, as the UCLA men's basketball team defeated Washington State by a score of 86-83 Thursday evening at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.

Junior Chris Smith registered 23 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Bruins (14-11, 7-5). Each of his three career double-doubles have come during the 2019-20 season. Redshirt freshman Tyger Campbell added 14 points, while freshman Jaime Jaquez Jr. rounded out the double-figure scorers with 13. Jaquez Jr. scored each of his 13 points in the second half.

Riley made each of his five shots in overtime and nine of 10 overall.

Isaac Bonton scored 23 points to lead the Cougars (14-11, 5-7). Jeff Pollard added 20 points. CJ Elleby posted 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

It was a tale of two halves from the field, as UCLA made 13 of 36 (36.1 percent) shots in the first half and 15 of 28 (53.6 percent) in the second. After making 14 of its 28 (50 percent) first-half attempts, meanwhile, Washington State converted just 11 of 26 (42.3 percent) in the final 20 minutes of regulation.

Smith scored the first seven points and 10 of the initial 12 for UCLA. The lead changed hands eight times in the first half, but a late 8-0 run by the Cougars gave them the largest cushion of the stanza at 30-23. The Bruins answered with the next seven points, but Washington State took a 34-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Bonton went on a personal 8-0 scoring spree and capped a 13-2 run with a jumper that gave the Cougars a 50-38 lead with 13:44 to go in regulation. An 18-4 UCLA run ensued and back-to-back 3-pointers by sophomore David Singleton put the Bruins back into the lead with 7:14 remaining. Washington State retook the lead during a 7-0 run that made the score 65-61, but could not put UCLA away. Trailing 69-67 with 16 seconds left, UCLA tied the score on a Smith jumper that ultimately sent the game to overtime.

The extra period belonged to Riley, who scored the Bruins' first seven points over the first 1:22. UCLA led by as many as seven points over the extra five minutes. The overtime game marked the second between the Bruins and Cougars this season. Washington State picked up a 79-71 home win on Jan. 4.

UCLA will be back in action Saturday, when it welcomes Washington to Pauley Pavilion. The Pac-12 contest will be televised by ESPN2, beginning at 7 p.m., PT.

Riley leads UCLA past Washington State in OT, 86-83

LOS ANGELES -- Cody Riley got his first shot to fall in overtime, and that gave him the determination to get more.
Riley scored 11 of his 19 points in overtime to lead UCLA to a 86-83 win over Washington State on Thursday night.
Riley made the biggest shots when the Bruins needed him most. He scored five field goals in overtime, one more than he did in regulation after coming off the bench. He had a big block as well.
Riley scored on a putback and was fouled, and he converted the three-point play for his first points of overtime.
"Once I got the ball in the post and saw it go in, it gave me a lot of confidence and my teammates got me the ball in great position," Riley said. "We just rebounded the ball aggressively and the ball went in. It was a good feeling."
Chris Smith scored 23 points and Tyger Campbell added 14 points for UCLA (14-11, 7-5), which has won six of its last eight games. The Bruins can thank Riley for ensuring UCLA's surge up the Pac-12 Conference rankings would continue.
"That's the definition of beast mode," UCLA coach Mick Cronin said of Riley's performance. "He just did a great job. We've worked hard with him. I think he's been a guy his whole life who has scored because of his size and now he has to score with techniques and fakes and balance. He did a great job of getting the second foot planted which gave him strength around the rim. The way he was going you could see he was on a mission."
Isaac Bonton scored 23 points for Washington State, and Jeff Pollard added a career-high 20 points. Pollard also had a career-best four 3-pointers.
"I felt the team played pretty good, but we just have to take care of the ball down the stretch," Pollard said. "We just have to do the little things. Overall, we had our chances down the trench but a couple of things didn't go our way."
Bonton suffered what appeared to be a leg injury late as he hobbled off the court with the help of teammates with 1:06 left in the game.
Smith tied the game with a jumper from the baseline with 17 seconds left in regulation, and Bonton missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left as the game went to overtime.
Then Riley got started.
"He was a monster tonight," said UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr.
There's surely no other game in the Riley's career in which he was so instrumental in the victory.
"I know I had a game where I had 20 points in one game but I don't pay attention to that," said Riley, a sophomore forward. "I'm just excited we got the win. It's all about the teamme. It's not about me team. We got the win, and we're trying to get on a streak. Win a lot of games and get in the (NCAA) Tournament."
The teams went to overtime on Jan. 4 as well, with the Cougars winning 79-71.
Washington State (14-11, 5-7) built as much as a 12-point lead at 50-38 with 13:44 left, but the Bruins battled back.
David Singleton gave UCLA its first lead of the second half, 56-54, on a 3-pointer from the top with 7:14 left in the game.
It was close the rest of the way.
Washington State won two of its last three before Thursday's loss.
"We've had no moral victories," Cougars coach Kyle Smith said. "We haven't handled success well. It's been tough for us to finish. We couldn't keep Riley off the glass."
Riley had four rebounds and one blocked shot. The blocked shot was in overtime, naturally.
Washington State: The Cougars are getting good play from their guards and a strong backcourt is necessary down the homestretch if the Cougars are going to move up the conference standings.
UCLA: The Bruins defense was its saving grace in the first half and its collective ability to block shots and make teams take forced shots was instrumental.
Chris Smith had 13 rebounds and seven came on the offensive end.
"We would've been down double digits by halftime if it wasn't for the (performance on the) offensive glass," Cronin said.
Washington State plays at USC on Saturday and will try to avenge its home court loss to the Trojans in January.
UCLA hosts Washington on Saturday and will go for the season sweep after a two-point win over the Huskies last month.

Postgame Quotes - UCLA vs. Washington State

UCLA 86, Washington State 83 (OT)
Feb. 13, 2020
Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men’s Head Basketball Coach
opening remarks
“They made a lot of shots on us. Made shots early. I think it was his (Coach Kyle Smith’s) game plan. He’s a great coach and combine that with I don’t think our energy was where it needed to be at the defensive end, so we started trying to trap, started trying to press and trap to wake our guys up. Comfortable teams shoot a high percentage and they were extremely comfortable for a long period of time. A lot of that was their strategy, obviously, with five man (Jeff Pollard) getting four threes. I don’t think he’s made four all season, but you’ve got to adjust. Made enough plays, to me, to go overtime. Obviously, Cody (Riley) was huge for us… huge for us. I thought Tyger (Campbell) was extremely tired at times. His free throws were product of just a freshman playing a lot of minutes, a lot of excitement, expended a lot of energy. Got to try to get him through the last six games as much as we can. Get him as much rest and rehab as possible. I was happy to see Dave (Singleton) make a few big shots, as well. He gives us great leadership, which we desperately need on this team, since we’re so young.”
on having never seen a player score 11 points in overtime before
“You never saw me play in high school, did you? … Yeah, that’s the definition of beast mode. That was beast made. He just did a great job of… we worked hard with him, you know, I think he was a guy that his whole life, he scored because of his size and now he has to score with technique and fakes and balance. So, he did a great job of getting his second foot planted, which gave him strength around the rim. The way he was doing, you could see he was on a mission.”
on this being the start of a tournament
“One-game tournament. That’s it. You get another one on Saturday. That’s got to be our mindset. We’ve got to play with desperation. We didn’t play with desperation, defensively, to start this game. And it’s a dangerous thing, but we come out and we missed a lot of open shots and that’s where you’ve got to step your defense up. I thought we were a little offensive sensitive, which is a dangerous thing as a team. But, eventually we turned it around in spite of what I thought was a great performance by Washington State. I will say this, we had one assist at halftime and ended up with 17. But we were passing the ball in the first half. We just couldn’t get a shot to go down. Jules (Bernard) missed two layups. He’s not trying to miss them. Just couldn’t get one to go in.”
on his team’s resiliency
“Well, you know, I think we’ve grown up a lot… We’ve grown up a lot and I think some guys will take… when Coach is talking, it all sounds like excuses, but the reality of, for our guys, is that none of them have been in the position where they had to play well or UCLA wasn’t going to win. And now all the guys that play are now in that position for the first time. They might’ve played, but they didn’t have to play well for UCLA to win. So, it’s a responsibility of being able to play every play, be an every-play guy—not an everyday—you got to be an every play guy… so it takes time to become that guy, it really does. But the guys did what they had to do, they dug it out and our offensive rebounding, I thought, kept us in it until we finally started making a few shots. Chris (Smith), especially, had seven offensive. We would have been down double figures at halftime if it wasn’t for the offensive glass. We couldn’t make a shot.”
on being first win when team has given up 70 points
“They had 69 in regulation so… But you know you got to win the games, there’s a lot of ways you’ve got to win games. They made shots, they made a lot of plays, we had a lot of dumb fouls late. They shot, I know, six of their last eight points were on free throws, so you’ve got to answer them, be ready to answer them. I mean, if you’re not going to stop them, you’ve got to answer them, you have to put the ball in the basket, or you’re not going to win. Even in overtime, Cody (Riley) was doing his thing and we couldn’t get a stop the first couple possessions.”
UCLA junior guard Chris Smith
on his shot that forced overtime soon after missing a shot
“I was just trying to get on to the next play. I missed, and I was trying to get back and get a stop on defense. It just happened that I had the ball in my hands at the time, and I got an open look. My teammates and coaches tell me to take the open looks, and I hit it. That’s all I was thinking.”
on Cody Riley’s play in overtime
“I was loving it; that’s my dawg. We got in the huddle and I was like ‘man, play defense and feed Cody.’ We did those two things, and we got the dub.”
on the preparation he had on the offensive boards
“There’s no real preparation. I’m always a crasher, no matter who shoots it. If I shoot it, I’m crashing, if he shoots it, I’m crashing. Balls are just bouncing my way. When I get a chance to get a rebound, I grab it.”
UCLA redshirt sophomore forward Cody Riley
on his play in overtime
“Once I got the ball in the post and saw it go in, it gave me a lot of confidence. My teammates got me the ball in the right position, and I was just rebounding aggressively, and the ball went in. It was a good feeling.”
on how his defense feeds into his offensive game
“To be honest, I play one possession at a time. At that time, I was just thinking about getting a stop. Once I saw him going to the basket, I figured he was going to pass it, so I got the block and then you just have to figure out how to score.”
on how this performance ranks for him in his career
“I know I had a game where I had 20 points, but I don’t really pay attention to that. I’m just excited we got the win. It’s all about the team. It’s not really about me. It’s about the team, and we got the win, and we’re trying to go on a streak and win a lot of games and make the tournament. That’s the goal. That’s what we’re really focused on right now.”
UCLA freshman guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr.
on the growth of the team after the last game at WSU
“I think definitely as a team we’re making the steps forward to becoming a really good team and becoming a team that other teams are scared to play. We knew going into overtime that we didn’t want a repeat of what happened last time. We went out there, played as hard as we could and got the W.”
on seeing Cody go on a surge in overtime
“He was a monster tonight. That’s all I have to say. He was a monster.”
on what the team talked about at halftime
“At halftime, we were just talking about stops and playing defense. We didn’t play the defense we wanted in the first half, so the second half coming out we just all locked in and tried to get stops one stop at a time and then go to offense, take care of the ball, get a good shot and go from there. One stop at a time was kind of our mentality going into the second half.”
on what the team said down 12 points in the second half
“We said possession by possession. We’ve been in that position a lot of times, and a lot of times, we let it slip away. This was a big step forward in the right direction because we didn’t let it slip away this time. We just kept battling and battling, and eventually we got the W. So we’re making the right steps forward to be a really good team.”
Washington State head coach Kyle Smith
on the last play of regulation
“It was really tough. We knew we would have to have a guy to turn the corner. I didn’t really want to call time out. I just thought we would have gotten a better shot.”
on if he thought he should have called the time out before the end of regulation
“No. I usually don’t call a time out in that situation. I figured Isaac has been playing well, especially in the pick-and-roll, so I thought we had a chance.”
on their road record
“We’ve had no moral victories. We haven’t handled success well. It’s been tough for us to finish. We couldn’t keep (Cody) Riley off the glass.”
on where they go from here
“We’ve got to go to Galen (Center) and play USC.”
Washington State senior forward Jeff Pollard
on tonight’s game
“We’ve got to learn from this and put this behind us.”
on his performance
“I felt the team played pretty good. We just have to take care of the ball down the stretch. We just have to do the little things. Overall, we had our chances down the stretch, but a couple things didn’t go our way.”
on where they go from here
“We’ve got to take the next game, the next possession and the next play. We have to learn from this and get ready for USC.”

The Box

Source credits: 
Game summary 1, Post-game quotes and The Box from UCLA Men's Basketball website
Game summary 2 from the AP via

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