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UCLA basketball: Will eight be enough against Pacific?

November 16, 2010 | 11:46 am

Ucla_300 The loss of UCLA shooting guards Malcolm Lee and Matt Carlino to injuries potentially leaves the Bruins with only eight available scholarship players for their second-round game in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Tuesday night at Pauley Pavilion against Pacific.

Only one of the eight -- freshman Tyler Lamb -- is a shooting guard. And he made only one of 10 shots Monday during UCLA's 79-69 victory over Pepperdine, missing all four of his three-point attempts.

"He got a lot of wide-open looks that he'll normally knock down," Bruins sophomore forward Tyler Honeycutt said of Lamb, "so I think [Tuesday] he'll knock a couple of more down."

Lee sprained his left ankle less than six minutes into the game against the Waves, limping off the court. Though X-rays were negative, Coach Ben Howland said Lee couldn't walk on the ankle and was definitely out for the game against Pacific.

Carlino, who suffered a concussion when he fell during practice on Nov. 8, has resumed shooting, but Howland said his status was uncertain.

"He hasn't played in a week," Howland said, "so it would be hard to throw him into a game when he hasn't even practiced since he hurt his head."

Howland was pleased with how his young and shorthanded team responded to an eight-point deficit late in the first half against the Waves, rattling off a 26-2 run to take control.

"It's a very young team, and we're going to have periods like we had in the first half," Howland said. "I was just happy how we rebounded from that."

-- Ben Bolch

Photo: UCLA's Tyler Lamb draws a foul from Pepperdine's Joshua Loweryduring Monday's 79-69 Bruins victory. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Associated Press