Saturday, November 18, 2017

Jaylen Hands vs South Carolina St highlights 11-17-17

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So Carolina State Post-game Press Conference 11-17-2017

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UCLA Races Past South Carolina State, 96-68


LOS ANGELES – Jaylen Hands scored a team-leading 22 points and Thomas Welsh recorded his second straight double-double as No. 18 UCLA downed South Carolina State, 96-68, before in Pauley Pavilion on Friday night.

Hands, a 6-foot-4 freshman from San Diego, dropped 20 of his 22 points in the second half, helping the Bruins pull away from the visiting Bulldogs midway through the second half. Hands' second-half outburst mirrored the Bruins, as UCLA outscored South Carolina State by a 55-33 margin after halftime.

Welsh finished with 13 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, one shy of tying his career high in rebounds (16). Freshman Chris Smith provided a spark off the bench, scoring 15 points and dishing three assists, while freshman Kris Wilkes totaled 14 points and six rebounds.

Alex Olesinski, a 6-foot-10 sophomore forward who redshirted last season, had a productive 22-minute performance by scoring eight points and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds.

"I thought both Chris Smith and Alex Olesinski were outstanding all week," head coach Steve Alford said. "Not good, but outstanding on both ends. I thought Chris, defensively, was better tonight than he was a couple of nights ago. Alex has been solid in both of those games, which is great to see."

Postgame Press Conferences: Coach Alford | UCLA's Student-Athletes (Smith, Hands, Olesinski)

Donte Wright led South Carolina State off the bench with a game-high 23 points, converting six of 11 attempts from beyond the arc. The Bruins were able to find their own stroke from distance, drilling 10 of 27 three-point attempts as a team.
The Bruins outrebounded the Bulldogs by a 51-30 margin and logged eight blocks – two apiece from Welsh and Olesinski.
UCLA (3-0) led throughout the second half after leading, 41-35, at the break. The Bruins used a 12-0 run – that began with 10:05 left in regulation – to help put the game out of reach. A layup from Smith and a pair of free throws from G.G. Goloman put the Bruins ahead, 67-57, with 8:15 left. From there, UCLA scored the game's next 10 points to secure a 20-point cushion – 77-57 with 6:25 to go.

Through the final seven minutes of the contest, Hands scored 13 points, connecting on each of his final five field goal attempts.
Next up for the Bruins is a trip to Kansas City, Mo., where UCLA will take on Creighton (3-0) on Monday evening in the Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center. Game time is 4 p.m. (PT)/6 p.m. (CT). The Bruins' game against Creighton will be nationally televised on ESPNU.
UCLA will face either Baylor or Wisconsin at the Sprint Center on Tuesday evening. That game will take place at either 4:30 p.m. (PT)/6:30 p.m. (CT) or 7 p.m. (PT)/9 p.m. (CT).

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Friday, November 17, 2017

No. 18 UCLA Set to Face South Carolina State

UCLA looks to record its third consecutive victory to open the 2017-18 campaign. 

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LOS ANGELES – The Bruins return to action against South Carolina State on Friday, Nov. 17. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is scheduled for 6 p.m. (PT). This marks the first-ever meeting on the hardwood between UCLA and South Carolina State. UCLA's game will be televised by Pac-12 Network, while the local radio broadcast will be available in the Los Angeles area on AM 1150.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tipoff Time: 6:02 p.m. PT
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: J.B. Long (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG): AM 1150
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Channels: Ch. 93/Ch. 197
SIRIUS App. Channel: Ch. 959
Season ticket packages for 2017-18 men's basketball campaign are on sale for less than $19 per game. To secure seats for all the home games in 2017-18, call (310) 206-5991 or visit Fans can click here to download the men's basketball schedule directly to their calendar.
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UCLA will enter Friday night's home game with a 2-0 record, having averaged 84.5 points in two regular-season victories. Freshman Kris Wilkes, who recorded his first collegiate double-double on Wednesday (20 points, 12 rebounds), has averaged a team-high 19.0 points while making 6 of 9 three-point field goal attempts. Junior Aaron Holiday has registered 17.5 points, 6.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game in the Bruins' first two regular-season contests.
UCLA overcame an 86-85 deficit in the final 3.7 seconds of regulation on Wednesday, edging Central Arkansas by a 106-101 margin in overtime. Jaylen Hands made the second of two free throw attempts with 1.3 seconds to play, tying the game at 86-86. After falling behind, 90-86, in the opening minute of overtime, the Bruins used a 9-0 scoring run to secure a 95-90 advantage and led for the rest of the contest. Central Arkansas attempted a Pauley Pavilion-record 35 three-pointers.
The Bruins limited Georgia Tech to 20 made field goals in the team's regular-season opener in Shanghai on Saturday, Nov. 11. The 20 shots made by Georgia Tech marked the fewest made against UCLA since Feb. 20, 2016 (when Colorado was 19-for-61 in a loss to the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion). UCLA limited Georgia Tech to four three-pointers (on 18 attempts), the fewest made threes by a team against the Bruins since Dec. 19, 2015 (North Carolina, 4-for-19 from long range).
Senior center Thomas Welsh and junior guard Aaron Holiday are both nearing the 1,000-career-point plateau. Welsh will enter this Friday night's game having scored 857 career points, needing just 143 more to reach 1,000. Holiday has totaled 807 points, now into his third season, and stands 193 points shy of tying the 1,000-point mark. UCLA's tradition-rich men's basketball program has 54 former players who have scored at least 1,000 career points wearing the Bruins' uniform.
Junior guard Aaron Holiday has been named as one of 50 players to the preseason watch lists for the 2018 John Wooden Award and the Citizen Naismith Trophy. In addition, Holiday is among 40 student-athletes on the preseason watch list for the Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award. Hailing from nearby Chatsworth, Calif., and Campbell Hall High School, Holiday averaged 12.3 points and 4.4 assists per game coming off the bench for the Bruins last season.
With Kris Wilkes (18 points) and Jaylen Hands (14 points) posting double-digit scoring efforts against Georgia Tech, at least one UCLA freshman has scored in double figures in his collegiate debut in six straight seasons. Last fall, TJ Leaf (22 points) and Lonzo Ball (19) scored in double figures against Pacific. Other recent freshmen in that category have included Aaron Holiday (10 pts, 2015), Kevon Looney (20 pts, 2014), Thomas Welsh (14 pts, 2014), Zach LaVine (14 pts, 2013), Jordan Adams (21 pts, 2012), Kyle Anderson (10 pts, 2012) and Shabazz Muhammad (15 pts, 2012).
Steve Alford has entered his fifth season as UCLA's head coach and his 27th overall year as a collegiate head coach. Alford has led the Bruins to a 98-45 mark in just over four years, guiding UCLA to three NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 trips as well as the 2014 Pac-12 Tournament Championship. Last season, UCLA went 31-5 overall and posted a 15-3 mark in Pac-12 play, going 16-1 at home and defeating every team on its schedule. Through the previous four seasons, Alford and his coaching staff have had 10 Bruins selected in the NBA Draft, including four players from UCLA in June 2017.
Thomas Welsh has moved into a tie for third place, along with Charles O'Bannon, on UCLA's all-time blocked shots list. Welsh (118 blocks) moved into that third-place tie with one block against Central Arkansas last Wednesday night. The top two spots on UCLA's career blocks list are occupied by Jelani McCoy (188) and Dan Gadzuric (184). In addition, Welsh currently ranks No. 7 on the school's all-time field goal percentage list, having shot 56.1 percent in over three seasons.
The Bruins' 16-man roster features four senior student-athletes – Thomas Welsh (center, 7-foot), G.G. Goloman (forward, 6-foot-11), Ikenna Okwarabizie (center, 6-foot-9) and Alec Wulff (guard, 6-foot-3). Welsh has played in 101 games (63 starts) for the Bruins, having missed just five games the past three seasons due to illness/injury. Welsh has averaged 8.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in his career, shooting 56.1 percent from the field. Goloman has played in 87 games in just over three seasons in Westwood, averaging 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

UCLA Signs Three Men's Basketball Standouts


The Bruins have signed three high school seniors to National Letters of Intent. 

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men's basketball program has received signed National Letters of Intent from high school seniors Jules Bernard, Kenneth Nwuba and David Singleton during the early signing period, it was announced today by head coach Steve Alford.

Bernard, Nwuba and Singleton will enroll at UCLA in 2018 and begin their freshman seasons in Westwood during the 2018-19 academic year. All three student-athletes are currently high school seniors – Bernard at Windward School (Los Angeles), Singleton at Bishop Montgomery High School (Torrance, Calif.) and Nwuba at Huntington Prep in West Virginia.

"We're very excited to add these three young men to our program," Alford said. "With Jules and David, you're talking about a pair of talented guards from the Los Angeles area who have had successful high school careers. David helped lead Bishop Montgomery to the CIF state title last year, which is an extremely impressive feat here in California. Being able to add Kenneth to our team's frontcourt is tremendous. He's a player with great athletic ability, size and strength. These three players provide a great start for our 2018 recruiting class."

Bernard has been ranked No. 44, nationally, in his high school class by The 6-foot-6 guard from Los Angeles has also been tabbed the No. 47 player in the country by and No. 52 by As a junior last season at Windward, he averaged 25.3 points and 13.7 rebounds per game. Bernard secured All-CIF Southern Section Division 2AA honors last season and captured first-team Division 3 acclaim from

Singleton has been ranked No. 60, nationally, in his high school class by He has also been ranked No. 66 by and No. 92 by A 6-foot-4 guard from Los Angeles, Singleton registered 16.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season as a junior. He helped his high school program win the 2017 CIF State Championship in the Open Division final. In addition, Singleton secured Los Angeles Times All-Area Team honors and was selected to the All-CIF Southern Section Open Division Team.

Nwuba, a 6-foot-10 center who is originally from Lagos, Nigeria, spent last season at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia and is currently a senior at Huntington Prep. As a junior in 2016-17, Nwuba averaged seven points, eight rebounds and nearly four blocks per game.

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