Bruins defeat Cal State L.A., 84-59

LOS ANGELES -- Despite playing short-handed, UCLA wrapped up it's exhibition season with a 84-59 rout over Cal State Los Angeles on Tuesday night at Pauley Pavilion.

Freshman Tyler Lamb had 17 points off the bench and Tyler Honeycutt had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Bruins, who played without starting forward Reeves Nelson and bacckup guard Matt Carlino.

Nelson has a strained hip flexor and is expected to return to practice Thursday and play Friday in the regular-season season opener against Cal State Northridge. Carlino has a concussion and is questionable for Friday.

The absence of Nelson slowed the Bruins' transition offense and they had only 10 fast-break points after having 26 against Westmont in their first exhibition game. Nelson led the team with 20 points in that game -- many on the break.

Brendan Lane replaced Nelson on Tuesday at the power forward spot and had 14 points and four assists, but he is more of a spot up shooter where Nelson likes to drive.

"We have to slow down a little when Reeves isn't in there, but not much," point guard Lazeric Jones said. "But Brendan gives you other options, so there's not a huge dropoff."

The Bruins took a 45-19 halftime lead, but got a bit sloppy in the second half. They had 14 of their 20 turnovers after intermission.

"With a big lead like that, it’s hard," Honeycutt said. "You tell yourself to keep slamming it down their throat, but the natural instinct is to kind of tend to let up a little bit."

The Bruins did show an improved touch from long range, making eight of 19 three-point attempts after making only three of 21 in the first exhibition. But coach Ben Howland said the Bruins must show improvement on the defensive end if they are to have a successful season.

"You can see we're going to have problems guarding the basketball," Howland said. "The biggest problem we had was too many turnovers and getting beat off the dribble."