LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 14: Head coach Ben Howland of the UCLA Bruins reacts to play on the sidelines against Eastern Washington Eagles during the first half at LA Sports Arena on December 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The UCLA Bruins managed a win over the Eastern Washington Eagles thanks mainly to the performance of Lazeric Jones. But it was hardly convincing.
The UCLA Bruins basketball team is slowly but surely turning its fortunes around. They issued a less-than inspiring victory over the Eastern Washington Eagles on Wednesday night at the LA Sports Arena.
There were some positives. Lazeric Jones had probably one of his best outings of the season, posting up 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals while shooting seven of ten from the field. Anthony Stover gave the Bruins much needed defensive energy off the bench, and Tyler Lamb contributed 14 points, half of it coming from the foul line.
But Eastern Washington didn't let UCLA run away with this one, as they won the battle of the boards, outrebounding UCLA 42-32. The Bruins also missed eight free throws, allowing the Eagles to occasionally sneak into this contest. David Wear (head) and Jones (chin cut) also suffered minor injuries. Jerime Anderson dearly struggled with his shot as well.
The Eagles have put up some decent fights this year against Gonzaga, Washington State and Oregon, so it's not a surprise they gave UCLA trouble. The Bruins are still adjusting to life without Reeves Nelson.
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