UCLA head coach Steve Alford
"I am really proud of the team and our effort tonight. We came up against a lot of adversity in this game, with the foul trouble and the injuries to a couple of our players. We did a good job taking the transition points away in the second half. Drexel was able to slow down our half-court offense. We have a lot of work to do, but this gives us a lot of film to work with. I am really proud of the effort and we knew it was going to be a tough opener.

“They have three really good guards that made it tough on us for a while. We were able to take good shots and control our turnovers. It was a really good effort by the entire team.

“Without Travis Wear, the reality is that we have little depth on the bench. It made the foul trouble even worse. A lot of guys with a lot of inexperience playing these minutes really stepped up tonight. We gained momentum and toughness tonight. These early games are good to gauge how to improve.

“The job of point guards is to control the ball, not make turnovers and make opportunities for the other players. Kyle Anderson did a great job with that and even hit the boards.

“Our zone defense was good and was great in certain stretches. The defensive numbers were good. We've been practicing the zone, and we'll continue getting better. With our roster at full strength, we'll be even better. Our half-court offense struggled a bit when we weren’t in transition but that will come with time.

“Zach LaVine performed really well. I thought he was tremendous. He did a lot of good things for us. That’s not easy, especially for your first college game.”

UCLA senior forward David Wear
“The first time we really had to play half court, we didn’t have a chance to get into transition like in the exhibition games. We’ll work it out, look at film tomorrow and correct it. It’s just the first game of the season.”

UCLA sophomore guard/forward Kyle Anderson
“[At the last UCLA timeout] I wanted to keep our guys composed. We wanted to buckle down on defense. We are going to have experiences like this later in the season.

“Zach [LaVine] played really well. He knocked down three three-pointers and played great defense. I was really impressed how Zach and Bryce (Alford) played in their first college game.

“It’s great having the ball in my hands [when playing point guard]. It’s great to reward guys that are working hard. I enjoy making my teammates better.”

Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint
“It was a tough game. We had opportunities but you have to give UCLA credit. They made plays at the end of the game and we didn’t.

“[Frantz] Massenat played well today. If he plays like that all year, then we have a chance to be a pretty good team. He struggled a little bit last year, but this year he has started off well. He was extraordinary tonight. Hopefully he can continue it.

“I thought we gave a great effort today. We made some mistakes that we can hopefully clean up, go forward and have a pretty good season.”


UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA