For the first time this year, UCI really had an ugly game, losing 89-60 to UCLA last night.
After a solid start by UCI, at one point leading 12-10 with 11:34 remaining in the first half, things steadily unraveled from there. UCLA couldn’t miss from 3-point land, while UCI turned over the ball too much trying to feed the ball inside.
The most obvious difference in talent level came in the post area, where Will Davis II and Mike Best looked completely over-matched. Besides being pushed around down low, I felt like shots from both freshman seemed harried and questionable in selection. Chris McNealy led the team in scoring with 11 points, but once again shot terribly from the field, going 2-9. One bright spot is walk-on Travis Souza recording the first points of his UCI career.
In the post-game interview, Coach Turner expressed disappointment over the fact that his team didn’t put forth a good effort when the game was out of hand, and also said that he wanted more from his bench. The fact of the matter is that UCI isn’t a very deep team right now.
Next up is Hope International which wraps up the non-conference schedule. It should be a nice confidence boost heading into Big West play.