December 15, 2009 |
Forty years later, Chito Reyes can't help grinning, eyes wide, as he steps onto the floor at Pauley Pavilion. "Look at this place," he says. The arena is empty on a weekday afternoon but he can still see the crowd, hear the band, just like 1969 when he first set foot in the building. Memories come trickling back from that day when Reyes, a sophomore forward for New Mexico State, played against UCLA in a regional semifinal of the NCAA basketball tournament. He recalls seeing the blue-and-gold flags and feeling jittery during warmups.
January 1, 2010
at Cal State Bakersfield 70, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 63: Stephon Carter scored 22 points, 14 from the free-throw line, to lead the Roadrunners (2-10). The Mustangs (3-8), trailed, 29-22, at halftime and never caught up. Will Taylor had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Cal Poly. Santwon Latunde added 13 points for Bakersfield. -- wire reports TODAY'S SCHEDULE UCLA women at Arizona...1 p.m. USC women at Arizona State...1 p.m.
January 16, 2010 |
All Max Good ever promised his players was a pair of sneakers and a hard time. He has roused his teams before 5 a.m. for practice and challenged young men one-third his age to fight. The only thing he runs harder than his players is his mouth, which tends to spew words that would have made George Carlin uncomfortable. When the late Sister Peg Dolan, one of the matriarchs of Loyola Marymount, met the Lions basketball coach, she told him her seat was behind the team bench. Good suggested she move elsewhere because of his colorful language.
November 26, 2009 |
Most people around the UCLA basketball program know Nikola Dragovic as soft-spoken, not the type to lose his temper on-court. Outside that circle, he's known as a college athlete who got into a fight at a Hollywood concert last month and has been charged with felony assault. An athlete who missed the start of last season after being arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery. Which left UCLA with a tough call this week. The team ended Dragovic's suspension Wednesday, clearing him to return for tonight's opening-round game against Portland in the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.
February 25, 2010 |
Michael Roll did all right by trading up in 2005. Roll had committed to UC Santa Barbara early in his senior year at Aliso Niguel. But diverting to UCLA on signing day put him on the road to three Final Fours, two of which he played in, and a national title game. Any regrets about his decision? "No way," Roll said, smiling. Roll, a senior guard for the Bruins, will play his final home games at Pauley Pavilion this week, starting Thursday against Oregon State. His final tour might not be a jaunt through another NCAA tournament, as the 12-14 Bruins are struggling to get to .500, but Roll's impact appears to be on those who are following him into the program.
February 27, 2010 |
J'mison Morgan trudged on, without going anywhere. This was game day, hours before UCLA was to play Washington. Morgan, a sophomore center and part of the nation's best recruiting class two years ago, according to Scout.com, was in a hotel fitness center, grinding away on the treadmill. "I need this," Morgan said, as he pushed his 6-foot-10, 240-pound body. The moment seemed symbolic for a UCLA season where the wheels have been spinning, yet with little progress. On that day the Bruins suffered a 29-point loss to the Huskies.