Wednesday, 14 March 2018 14:33

Turnovers End Season For Bruins

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Holiday A SBUThe season came to a disappointing end for UCLA (21-12) as they fell to St. Bonaventure (26-7) and the Bonnie’s aggressive defense, 65-58. The things that plagued Bruins losses all season long raised their head in this game.

When UCLA would lose, it was because of turnovers, long droughts of scoring, and not making their free throws. Two out of three causes raised their ugly head in this game.

The Bruins had 20 turnovers, a season-high. The Bonnies were able to take advantage UCLA’s turnover problems by turning them into 30 points. Because of Bruin turnovers, there was long period of time where UCLA didn’t score and the Bonnie would go on a run. It was all too much for the Bruins to overcome.

“Well, great job by Mark and his staff,” Steve Alford, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men’s Head Basketball Coach said. “We haven't been held down like that offensively, very often.

“For two teams that kind of had a season where the offense was probably their strength, it became a defensive game. I thought we were really good defensively. I thought we did the things we wanted to do to Mobley and Adams, two really good players. And so I think that really gave ourselves a chance.

“We just had too many turnovers. We've been a team over the last month that's really handled the ball well, and we had a lot of live-ball errant passes today that I think the difference in the game was 30 to three in [points off] turnovers.

“That's hard to overcome, especially in an NCAA game, when you give up that many points. And it takes that away from your offense. We had 10 fewer shots. In most games this year, we were getting more shots than our opponents. So, credit their defense, but we were very uncharacteristic with our offense.

But I'm proud of these guys. These two to my right [Thomas Welsh, Aaron Holiday] have meant so much to our program and our culture. You got to see what kind of players they are. They're better people. They're better young men. And that says a lot because they're terrific, great players. And I really appreciate what they've given to this program both on the floor, off the floor and in the classroom. They've been first class in everything that we've asked for them.

“So, unfortunately, March, there's a finality to it and we've reached our finality today. But these two will end up having great careers beyond college. And they'll go on and be highly successful just because of the people that they are. I really appreciate what they've meant to our program.”

Now the Bruins have a long offseason to regain their bearings. UCLA has an outstanding recruiting class coming in to go with the one currently on campus, so the future looks bright.

Gone will be Thomas Welsh, who had an outstanding season, though his last game as a Bruin he never was able to get into the swing of things offensively scoring two points, he did come down with 15 rebounds.

GG Golomon also played his game as a Bruin. He, too, only scored two points in his swan song, but did block four shots.

More than likely, Aaron Holiday will probably enter the NBA draft and be going his brothers in the league, but no announcement has been made, as of yet. Assuming Holiday has played his last game as a Bruin, he went out scoring 20 points and seven assists.

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