Monday, November 18


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Junior guard Malcolm Lee has withdrawn from UCLA to hire an agent and join the 2011 NBA Draft. Lee was named First Team All-Pac-10 this year.
Junior guard Malcolm Lee has withdrawn from UCLA to hire an agent and join the 2011 NBA Draft. Lee was named First Team All-Pac-10 this year.

Men's basketball predicts promising year

TAMPA, Fla. "”mdash; Tyler Honeycutt thinks UCLA will be a top-five team next year. Malcolm Lee loves the team's potential. And when coach Ben Howland was asked about next year's prospects, he took a sip of his water before answering with a smirk. "I think we could be pretty good," he said. Read more...


VIDEO: Joshua Smith, Lazeric Jones, Malcolm Lee after UCLA's third-round loss

TAMPA, Fla. "”mdash; UCLA starters Joshua Smith, Lazeric Jones and Malcolm Lee speak to reporters in the locker room of St. Pete Times Forum after the No. 7-seeded Bruins’ 73-65 loss to No. 2-seed Florida in the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Smith had one of the finest games of his career with 16 points on seven-of-11 shooting, but it came in UCLA’s final game of the year, a fact that couldn’t prevent the freshman center – who Florida coach Billy Donovan called a “freight train” – from letting his eyes get red afterward. Jones struggled with foul trouble throughout the game before fouling out with less than a minute to play. The junior guard finished with four points and five assists in 17 minutes on the floor, but committed a costly turnover with 3:07 to play and the Bruins down four points. Lee had 14 points and six rebounds and once again led the way defensively by keeping Florida guards Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker in check early. But even the UCLA junior guard couldn’t stop Walker from going on a late barrage – the 5-foot-8-inch Walker scored 10 out of the Gators’ last 12 points to close out the game, including a deep 3-pointer he scored immediately after fighting for an airborne loose ball with Lee. Read more...


Junior guard Lazeric Jones shows frustration as Florida took a six-point lead in the last minutes of the game "“ the largest lead by the Gators until the final minute.
Junior guard Lazeric Jones shows frustration as Florida took a six-point lead in the last minutes of the game "“ the largest lead by the Gators until the final minute.

UCLA junior guard Lazeric Jones struggles against a double team set by Florida’s Scottie Wilbekin and Erving Walker. Jones turned the ball over, giving the Gators possession with a four-point lead and less than three minutes to play.

UCLA falls to Florida 73-65, season ends

TAMPA, Fla. "”mdash; In one of the most evenly matched games in the NCAA Tournament, No. 7-seed UCLA fell to No. 2-seed Florida, 73-65, ending the Bruins season after one of their best-played games of the year. Until the last minutes, no team led by more than six, but the Bruins couldn't close the gap and trailed for the majority of the game. Four Bruins scored in double digits but it wasn't enough to upset the Gators, who seemed to have answer every UCLA run with a 3-pointer. Florida's Erving Walker led the Gators with 21 points and combined with Kenny Boynton to hit critical free throws down the stretch. The Gators had four players with four fouls by the time the buzzer sounded, but none fouled out. Read more...

UCLA junior guard Lazeric Jones struggles against a double team set by Florida’s Scottie Wilbekin and Erving Walker. Jones turned the ball over, giving the Gators possession with a four-point lead and less than three minutes to play.


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