Battle of the Bears: UCLA Bruins v Cal Golden Bears (MBB)

In Campus, News, Sports by Krystal Tome

As the amount of times we hear “Dreams and Nightmares” in Pauley Pavilion dwindles, the team and crowd’s energy grows. With only two more games left at home, Bruin fans sold-out the arena on Jaime Jaquez Jr.’s birthday (February 18th) following Amari Bailey’s birthday (February 17th). Smiles and cheers filled the stands and the court as the Bruins won by a 35-point lead.

Saturday, February 18th, was UCLA’s MBB game against UC Berkeley ending with a score of 78-43, adding even more heft to the claim that UCLA is the #1 public university. With the Bruins racking up 38 points in the first half, giving them a 23-point lead, many players were able to get on the court for more time than in previous games. Dylan Andrews (#2), Will McClendon (#4), and Mac Etienne (#12) were each on the court for 17 minutes. McClendon assisted Andrews in a layup, helped Singleton (#34) score a three-pointer, and made a jumper assisted by Singleton, exhibiting an interesting dynamic between #4 and #34. 

To celebrate Black History Month, during halftime Heartbeat Music & Performing Arts Academy performed with an amazing marching drumline and majorette performance. Members of the Black Student-Athlete Alliance made an appearance on the court, bringing awareness to the club and the community they have cultivated.

To end this celebratory night, with the score at 75-42, Russell Stong IV (#43) rose from the bench and strutted onto the court, following multiple “We Want Russell” chants. With two minutes to the end of the 2nd half, Stong contributed with a crowd-thundering free throw within the last two minutes of the game.

[They were] on [their] grind and now [they] got what [they] deserve – “Dreams and Nightmares”