UCLA basketball: Will eight be enough against Pacific?
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