UCLA coach Steve Alford says poor defense led to loss

UCLA’s road wows continued on Thursday night against Utah.

The Bruins fell to 2-6 in true road games after a 84-78 defeat versus Utah. Utah (18-9) increased their winning streak to five-straight. While UCLA (19-9) dropped to third place in the Pac-12.

UCLA coach Steve Alford explained that the team’s defense wasn’t up to par.

“We just didn’t defend in the first half, like we’ve got to defend,” said Alford said, via the school’s website. “I thought that we were better defensively in the second half. Offensively, I liked how we attacked their zone. I thought that we got some good looks and did a good job in a lot of different areas. We just had a stretch there in the first half where we were not very good, defensively.”

Utah shot nearly 53 percent from the field and 38 percent from the three point line. The Bruins were just 42 percent from the floor and had 13 turnovers.

In the grand scheme of things, UCLA’s loss won’t impact them too much if they finish out the regular season and conference tournament strong. Although if they falter, the selection committee will notice.

The post UCLA coach Steve Alford says poor defense led to loss appeared first on Diehards.

Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.