In a commanding display of post play, the UCLA Bruins secured a comfortable victory over Long Island, winning by a score of 78-58. Aday Mara and Adem Bona dominated up front, leaving Long Island struggling to cope with the Bruins’ powerful inside game.
- Aday Mara and Adem Bona led the way for UCLA, with Bona contributing 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Mara delivered an outstanding performance with 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
- Despite being fully dressed for the game, starting point guard Dylan Andrews did not participate, leaving fans curious about the reason for his absence.
- Freshman forward Berke Buyuktuncel remains sidelined as the NCAA reviews his eligibility, a situation that has been frustrating for coach Mick Cronin, who had counted on Buyuktuncel as the team’s starting power forward.
The game had its share of surprises, as UCLA struggled from beyond the arc, going 0-for-5, snapping a remarkable streak of 792 consecutive games with at least one three-pointer. However, the win extended UCLA’s home winning streak to an impressive 28 games in a row, the longest active streak in the country.
With this convincing victory behind them, UCLA now looks ahead to the highly competitive Maui Invitational field. Their first challenge will be Marquette, a team widely regarded as a National Title contender. Should the Bruins prevail against the Golden Eagles, they will likely face Kansas in the next round, setting up a thrilling matchup.
This upcoming tournament will provide UCLA with an opportunity to face high-quality competition, offering valuable experience for their young roster. Additionally, it will give Coach Cronin crucial insights as he continues to develop and optimize the potential of this talented group. Stay tuned for more exciting basketball action from the Bruins in the Maui Invitational.
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