By Greg Avetisyan |Staff Writer|
The Bruins utilized their size and speed to defeat the Coyotes 96-66 in front of 4,500 people at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.
Wednesday night’s game between the Coyotes and Bruins was a tale of two halves. The Coyotes fought the entire first half to trail by only three points going into halftime.
However, the Bruins used their size and athleticism to start the second half strong going on a 14-2 run.
“We fought against them in the first half, but just didn’t match the intensity they had in the second half,” said Coyotes head coach Jeff Oliver.
After every missed shot the Bruins took off on the fast break and continued to build the lead. With a 22-3 run late in the game, the Bruins extended their lead to 33 points.
“Some of our bad shots and turnovers lead to quick and easy transition points for them,” said Oliver.
UCLA starting shooting guard Jordan Adams was one of six Bruin players to score in double figures, finishing with 25 points and 7 rebounds.
The Coyotes played their best basketball towards the end of the first half. With five minutes left the Coyotes trailed 36-27. Coyotes freshman Khleem Perkins went on to score seven points in a row to bring the deficit down to three.
Darryl Adigwu could be heard cheering on his teammate from the sideline, “Keep it going Khleem.” The Coyotes were led by guards Lacy Haddock, Donte Medder, and Khleem Perkins, who all scored in double figures.
Perkins lead the team with 17 points on 6-13 shooting in his college debut. The Bruins showed their advantage inside by out-rebounding the Coyotes and drawing fouls through out the game.
“Their dribble-drive penetration was solid and any team that has 14 offensive rebounds is a team that gives effort,” said Alford.
Wednesday night marked the third time in the last seven season the Bruins and Coyotes have matched against each other with UCLA winning each contest.
“For both teams, it was a good two-hour workout.” said Alford, “that’s a team that cares and fights and scraps, They did that for a full 40 minutes. I like that team.”
After adding four division I transfers, The Coyotes enter for 2013-14 season as favorites to win the California Collegiate Athletic Association title, voted by league coaches.
They were three points ahead of Cal Poly Pomona; however, both teams received six, first-place votes, and were the team most likely to win in their division.
Coyote’s Senior 6’7 guard Jordan Burris, a transfer from Nevada, did not play Wednesday night due to injury, although Burris is expected to give the team scoring, size and rebounding.
Come support your Coyotes as they make their home debut Nov. 13 versus Westmont, and see how the Coyotes own up to their recognition.
With a start of a game against a strong basketball team, it prepares the Coyotes to a great start to the season.