Monday, January 26, 2015

UCLA Drops 82-64 Decision at Oregon

Short and bleh. UCLA go 0-2 in the Beaver State. Now 11-9 overall, 3-4 in the Pac12. 

Kevon Looney tallied 15 points and eight rebounds for UCLA on Saturday (AP photo)
Kevon Looney tallied 15 points and eight rebounds for UCLA on Saturday (AP photo)

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Release: Saturday 01/24/2015
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EUGENE, Ore. – Norman Powell scored a game-leading 23 points as UCLA lost at Oregon, 82-64, in a Pac-12 game before 7,301 at Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday.
UCLA (11-9, 3-4 Pac-12) dropped its second consecutive road contest, falling behind by a 46-31 margin at halftime. Powell finished with at least 20 points for the seventh time this season.
Oregon (14-6, 4-3) had five players who scored in double figures, led by Joseph Young, who scored 16 points and made 7 of 11 shots. The Ducks shot 62.3 percent from the field (33 of 53), making 9 of 13 three-point attempts (69.2 percent).
Bryce Alford and Kevon Looney each scored 15 points for the Bruins. Alford made 6 of 16 shots, including 3 of 6 three-pointers in the first half (3 of 10 three-pointers overall). Looney finished with a game-high eight rebounds in 27 minutes, connecting on 7 of 9 field goal attempts.
Saturday’s game marked the Bruins’ second consecutive contest without junior forward/center Tony Parker, who was unable to play due to back spasms.
Dwayne Benjamin added 15 points off the bench for Oregon, while Elgin Cook finished with 11 and Jalil Abdul-Bassit and Ahmaad Rorie each scored 10.
UCLA was unable to reduce Oregon’s lead to fewer than 11 points in the second half. The Bruins, who absorbed a 66-55 defeat at Oregon State on Thursday night, cut Oregon’s advantage to 58-47 with 14:46 to play in regulation. The Ducks countered with consecutive two-point baskets, pushing their cushion to 62-47 at the 13:54 mark.
Oregon extended its advantage to as many as 21 points late in the second half. The Ducks had raced to a 15-point halftime lead after having shot 75 percent (18 of 24) from the field in the first half.
UCLA, which closed a stretch playing five of its first seven Pac-12 games on the road, will return to Pauley Pavilion to face Utah on Thursday evening. Game time against the Utes in Pauley Pavilion is 7 p.m. UCLA’s game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

UCLA Basketball Closes Road Trip at Oregon on Saturday

The Bruins' game at Oregon this Saturday will be nationally televised by CBS (photo by Scott Chandler)
The Bruins' game at Oregon this Saturday will be nationally televised by CBS (photo by Scott Chandler)

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Release: Friday 01/23/2015
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EUGENE, Ore. – UCLA (11-8, 3-3) closes its weekend road trip at Oregon (13-6, 3-3) on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins’ game at Oregon will be nationally televised on CBS, with tipoff slated for 1:05 p.m. (PT). The Bruins have gone 4-4 against Oregon over the previous four seasons.
Venue: Matthew Knight Arena (12,364)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 24
Game Time: 1 p.m. (PT)
Television: CBS
TV Talent: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Doug Gottlieb (analyst)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
UCLA’s game at Oregon on Saturday (1 p.m. PT) will be broadcast live on the UCLA Sports Network from IMG College on AM 570 (KLAC), the flagship home of UCLA Athletics. The pregame show kicks off at 12:30 p.m. (PT). Chris Roberts and former UCLA basketball standout Tracy Murray will have the call, live from Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. Fans can also listen to the audio broadcast by using the TuneIn radio app (click here).
Including this Saturday afternoon’s game at Oregon, the Bruins will have opened their Pac-12 schedule with five of their first seven contests on the road. Last season, UCLA earned a 70-68 victory at Oregon, as Travis Wear hit a putback with 5.3 seconds left to snap a 68-68 tie and the Bruins held on for the road victory. In all, UCLA went 2-1 against the Ducks last season, including an 82-63 victory in a quarterfinal matchup of the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.
Under the direction of head coach Dana Altman (fifth season as Oregon’s head coach), the Ducks have compiled a 13-6 record this season, including a 3-3 mark in Pac-12 action. Joseph Young leads the team with 19.4 points per game and has also averaged 4.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Dillon Brooks (13.4 ppg) and Elgin Cook (11.9 ppg) are Oregon’s two other players averaging in double figures.
UCLA’s three-game win streak ended with a 66-55 loss at Oregon State on Thursday night. Bryce Alford scored a team-leading 18 points, and Norman Powell registered his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Oregon State entered halftime with a 29-19 lead and pushed its margin to as wide as 47-30 with 9:28 to play. UCLA used a 20-5 scoring run to reduce OSU’s cushion to just two points (52-50), keyed by a deep two-pointer by G.G. Goloman (5:01) and a layup from Goloman (2:36) at the end of that scoring run.
Kevon Looney is the nation’s only freshman to be averaging a double-double (12.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg). Looney has tallied 10 double-doubles in 19 games. In comparison, UCLA’s Kyle Anderson had eight double-doubles as a freshman (2012-13) and 16 last season. Looney finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds at Oregon State on Thursday. He tallied season-highs of 27 points and 19 rebounds against Stanford (Jan. 8), marking the first time any UCLA player had finished with 27 points and 19 rebounds since Feb. 26, 1994 (Ed O’Bannon had 28 points and 19 rebounds).
Bryce Alford ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring (15.8 points per game) and has dished a team-leading 5.7 assists per game (fourth in the Pac-12). Alford, a 6-foot-3 guard from Albuquerque, N.M., has scored in double figures in 17 of UCLA’s 19 games. He ranks second in the Pac-12 in minutes per game (35.9), third in free throw percentage (88.5 pct, 69-of-78), third in three-pointers made per game (2.5) and fifth in assist turnover ratio (2.2). In UCLA’s last two games (at USC and at Oregon State), Alford has averaged 19.5 points per game.
Freshmen Thomas Welsh and G.G. Goloman have made a strong impact for the Bruins in Pac-12 play. Welsh, who earned his first career start on Thursday in place of the injured Tony Parker (back spasms, day-to-day), totaled eight points and five rebounds at Oregon State. Welsh, a 7-foot center from Redondo Beach, Calif., also had eight points and four rebounds at USC on Jan. 14. Goloman, a 6-foot-10 forward originally from K├Ârmend, Hungary, scored a season-high six points at Oregon State on Thursday and totaled a season-best four steals.
1,000 POINTS
Senior Norman Powell currently ranks No. 45 on UCLA’s all-time scoring list. Powell, a 6-foot-4 guard from San Diego, became the 51st player in program history to have reached the 1,000 career point mark in UCLA’s game at Colorado (Jan. 2). He has scored 1,072 career points (8.6 ppg) and is just three games shy of reaching UCLA’s top-10 list for all-time games played. Powell tied his career-high with 10 rebounds at Oregon State on Tuesday, having also grabbed 10 rebounds in a non-conference win against UC Davis during his freshman season.
Powell has averaged 12.7 points per game over his junior and senior years after having logged 5.3 points per game during his first two collegiate seasons. His ability to get to the free throw line has improved tremendously. Powell made 36 of 55 free throw shots (65.5 pct) during his first two seasons, but has made 157 of 208 free throw attempts (75.5 pct) over the last two years.
UCLA returns home for a pair of games against No. 12-ranked Utah and Colorado in Pauley Pavilion next week. The Bruins will face Utah on Thursday, Jan. 29, before taking on Colorado on Saturday, Jan. 31. The Bruins will have played five of their first seven games on the road, including a road trip to Colorado (Jan. 2) and Utah (Jan. 4). UCLA absorbed a 62-56 loss at Colorado in both teams’ Pac-12 opener earlier this month. Two days later, the Bruins dropped a 71-39 decision at then-No. 10-ranked Utah on a Sunday afternoon at the Huntsman Center.

UCLA Falls at Oregon State, 66-55

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Release: Thursday 01/22/2015
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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Bryce Alford scored a team-leading 18 points and Norman Powell logged his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as UCLA dropped a 66-55 decision at Oregon State on Thursday night.
Playing for the first time in eight days, UCLA saw its three-game winning streak end before 6,024 in Gill Coliseum.
The Bruins (11-8, 3-3 Pac-12) reduced a 17-point deficit to three points in a five-minute span late in the second half. Trailing by a 47-30 margin at the 9:27 mark, UCLA used an 18-4 scoring run over the next five minutes to pull within three points – 51-48 – with 4:36 to play.
G.G. Goloman nailed a deep two-pointer for UCLA at the 4:36 mark, cutting Oregon State’s cushion to 51-48. After Oregon State’s Malcolm Duvivier made one of two free throws, Goloman helped UCLA reduce OSU’s lead to 52-50 with a layup at the 2:35 mark.
Oregon State’s Olaf Schaftenaar responded with a 3-pointer, helping the Beavers take a 55-50 lead with 2:12 to go. From that point, the Bruins were unable to close the gap to fewer than five points.
Gary Payton II scored 18 points and finished with seven rebounds, six assists and five steals for Oregon State (13-5, 4-2), which improved to 11-0 in home games this season. Duvivier scored a game-high 19 points, connecting on 11 of 12 free throw attempts.
Schaftenaar totaled 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, and Langston Morris-Walker tallied 10 points to round out the Beavers’ list of double-figure scorers.
The Bruins received 10 points and 11 rebounds from Kevon Looney, who recorded his 10th double-double in 19 games.
UCLA trailed by a 29-19 margin at halftime, having shot just 23 percent in the first half. The Bruins finished Thursday’s game shooting at a 30.6 percent clip.
UCLA freshman Thomas Welsh made his first career start in place of the injured Tony Parker (back spasms, day-to-day). Welsh, who has played in all 19 games off the bench this season, finished with eight points, five rebounds and one block.
Goloman scored a season-high six points, making 3 of 3 shots and logging a season-best four steals.
The Bruins return to action at Oregon on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m. UCLA’s game at Oregon will be nationally televised by CBS.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

UCLA Basketball Wins at USC, 83-66

Norman Powell finished with 22 points in UCLA's 83-66 win on Wednesday (photo by Percy Anderson)
Norman Powell finished with 22 points in UCLA's 83-66 win on Wednesday (photo by Percy Anderson)

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Release: Wednesday 01/14/2015
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LOS ANGELES - Norman Powell scored a game-high 22 points and Bryce Alford added 21 as UCLA defeated USC, 83-66, before 6,253 at the Trojans’ Galen Center on Wednesday night.
The Bruins (11-7, 3-2 Pac-12) won their third consecutive game after stumbling through a five-game skid at the end of last year and into the new year.
Powell finished his career with a 4-0 record against USC in its home building, becoming the first Bruin to do so since Toby Bailey, who led UCLA to four consecutive victories at USC from 1995-98.
"I couldn’t ask for a better ending," Powell told reporters after Wednesday’s win.
UCLA registered its fourth consecutive win over USC and its eighth victory in the last nine games in the crosstown rivalry.
Tony Parker added 14 points and seven rebounds, while Kevon Looney tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds to log his ninth double-double in 18 games.
"When we got back from Utah and Colorado, we really challenged our guys with a nine day, three win mission," UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. "That’s not easy when you’ve lost five in a row. These guys have really played hard, and they’ve stuck together."
UCLA dominated the boards, 41-20, and outscored the host Trojans by a 46-30 margin in the paint.
Nikola Jovanovic scored 20 points for USC (9-8, 1-4 Pac-12), who also received double-figure scoring efforts from Darion Clark (11 points), Katin Reinhardt (10 points) and Malik Marquetti (10 points).
Bryce Alford made 8 of 14 shots for the Bruins, including 5 of 8 field goals from 3-point range. Alford finished with 15 of his 21 points in the second half.
The Bruins led for most of the game and never trailed after securing a 32-31 with 2:03 left in the first half. Leading 36-31 at halftime, UCLA used a 15-2 scoring run to open the second half and push its margin to as many as 18 points (51-33) with 15:05 left in the game.
USC reduced UCLA’s advantage to nine points at the 7:59 and 7:06 marks, before the Bruins answered with two-point baskets each time. UCLA’s lead never fell to fewer than 12 points in the game’s final five minutes.
Wednesday night’s win helped UCLA improve to 7-2 at Galen Center since USC opened its arena prior to the 2006-07 season.
UCLA will return to action at Oregon State on Thursday, Jan. 22. Game time at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore., is 6 p.m. (PT).

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Kevon Looney Named Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week

Kevon Looney ranks second in the Pac-12 with 10.3 rebounds per game (photo by Scott Chandler)
Kevon Looney ranks second in the Pac-12 with 10.3 rebounds per game (photo by Scott Chandler)

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Release: Tuesday 01/13/2015
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ST. LOUIS - UCLA’s Kevon Looney has secured Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week honors for games ending the week of Jan. 11. Looney, a 6-foot-9 forward, averaged 21.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in two wins last week.
Earlier this season, Looney (13.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg) was named to the 22-man Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award watch list. He has scored in double figures in 13 of UCLA’s 17 games and currently ranks No. 12, nationally, in rebounds per game. In addition, Looney ranks fourth in the country in total rebounds.
Last week, Looney totaled 27 points and 19 rebounds in the Bruins’ 86-81 double overtime win over Stanford on Thursday night. The Bruins erased a 14-point deficit in the game’s final 10 minutes to defeat Stanford. Three nights later, Looney tallied 15 points and seven rebounds in UCLA’s 73-54 win against California.
UCLA (10-7, 2-2 Pac-12) returns to action at USC (9-7, 1-3 Pac-12) on Wednesday evening. Game time at USC’s Galen Center is 6 p.m. (PT). UCLA’s game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.