GG Goloman hopes for strong finish to UCLA career
LOS ANGELES — GG Goloman wiggled three fingers in the air as he backpedaled down the court. The gesture, made after he knocked down a dagger 3-pointer with less than two minutes left against Arizona last Thursday at McKale Center, wasn’t a dig at the crowd that’s known as one of the rowdiest in the Pac-12, the forward stressed.
“It was just my hype,” Goloman said.
UCLA has waited a long time for Goloman to show his “hype.” It’s coming at the right time for the senior from Hungary, who will play his final games in Pauley Pavilion this weekend, and the Bruins, who are still fighting for an NCAA Tournament berth. UCLA takes on Oregon State on Thursday at 8 p.m.
“GG is playing as confident, he’s playing as strong (as ever),” Bruins head coach Steve Alford said. “He’s rebounding now in his area, which we’ve really been wanting him to do, and he’s shooting the basketball at a high level, so he’s starting to, I think, add to what we want to do.”
Goloman is coming off one of the best weekends of his career, as he scored a career-high 16 points against Arizona and tied a career high in rebounds with seven against Arizona State.
His three made 3-pointers on four attempts against Arizona were also a career high, and they all came in the second half to help clinch UCLA’s biggest conference win of the season. The senior is a career 36.1 percent 3-point shooter, but has made 58.8 percent of his shots from distance in conference play this year.
Watching the shots finally fall has helped boost Goloman’s confidence, he said, as he’s always thought he could be a good shooter. He’s also playing a career-high 23.7 minutes per game on a team lacking in frontcourt depth.
With Goloman’s emergence, the Bruins […]