Deep Three: Jones makes a good point

We go beyond the arc following UCLA's 80-71 win over Washington State in the Pac-10 opener Wednesday night:


Lazeric Jones went up to Tyler Honeycutt after the game and handed him a stat sheet.

Eleven assists, 10 points, one turnover.

After dishing it out throughout the game, it was time for Jones to give himself a bit of credit.

"You can't really ask anything better from your point guard," Honeycutt said. "On the defensive end also, holding (Reggie Moore) to five points -- he did a great job."

Jones' 11 assists were the most by a Bruin since Darren Collison had 15 at Arizona on Feb. 17, 2007.

Coach Ben Howland praised Jones for his ability to handle the floor game and direct traffic in the second half. Jones played so well that Howland played him for 32 minutes -- or 24 more than backup Jerime Anderson.

"Whoever is on the court, things are going to go well," Jones had said Tuesday. "When you're playing well, your minutes come. When I'm out there I try to make the best decisions as possible."

He made 11 good decisions Wednesday -- 12 if you count the good-natured showboating.


From time to time during the Pac-10 season, we'll compare Howland's pregame analysis of opposing players with what actually transpired. Here's the first edition:

What Howland said of Klay Thompson: “He’s like guarding a (Jimmer) Fredette, except that he’s 6-foot-6... He’s as good as any player we’ll play against this year.”

What actually happened: Thompson had 14 points in the first half -- or one more than he had against UCLA in any game last year. The local product finished with 26 -- or five more than what he combined for in two games against the Bruins a year ago. He was 6-for-17 shooting from the field and 12-for-12 from the free-throw line. For comparison, Fredette had 25 points against UCLA on Dec. 18.

What Howland said of Reggie Moore: “A very good player who shoots the ball with deep range, very athletic and strong.”

What actually happened: Strong and athletic sums it up well; the 6-foot-1 Moore tied for the team lead with seven rebounds. But Jones forced him into missing six of seven shot attempts.

What Howland said of Faisal Aden: “He’s a scoring machine.”

What actually happened: Howland was spot on with his assessment here; Aden started 7-for-7 and had 15 points in his first 15 minutes. He ended the night with 19.

What Howland said of Marcus Capers: “He’s averaging five assists for every turnover... He’s doing a real nice job and is a really good defensive player.”

What actually happened: Capers had just one assist and two turnovers, which you can bet left Howland smiling.