Monday, March 2, 2015

Powell Scores 28 Points to Lead UCLA Past Washington State, 72-67



Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
Release: Sunday 03/01/2015
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LOS ANGELES - Norman Powell scored a career-high 28 points to help UCLA defeat Washington State, 72-67, in a Pac-12 game in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday night.
Powell finished the night as one of four UCLA players scoring double figures. Tony Parker had a double-double with 15 points and a team-leading 10 rebounds. Bryce Alford scored 13 points and Kevon Looney totaled 12.
Josh Hawkinson finished with his Pac-12-leading 17th double-double of the season, logging 21 points and 14 rebounds for Washington State (12-16, 6-10 Pac-12). DaVonte Lacy totaled 19 points for the Cougars.
UCLA (18-12, 10-7 Pac-12) trailed by as many as six points early in the second half. Washington State was ahead at halftime, 34-32, and pushed its advantage to 38-32 with 18:47 to play in regulation.
The Bruins closed the gap to one point, 41-40, on a layup from Powell with 14:58. UCLA took the lead for good in the second half at the 9:41 mark on a layup from Isaac Hamilton. Powell followed with a free throw shot with 9:23 remaining before finishing with a thunderous slam dunk at the 9:02 mark to put the Bruins ahead, 51-47.
“I was really proud of our guys in the second half to do what they needed to do,” UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. “It was a gut-check game for them. All the pressure was on us – not a whole lot of pressure was on Washington State.”
The visiting Cougars never trailed by more than six points in the game’s final five minutes and closed UCLA’s advantage to three points (66-63) after Hawkinson made a pair of free throws with 39 seconds to play.
Parker followed with a free throw with 33 seconds to play and Powell hit back-to-back free throws with 31 seconds left to help UCLA secure a 69-63 cushion. Powell’s free throw shot with 20 seconds to play helped the Bruins’ senior guard score his career-best 28th point.
“We knew that Washington State is a good team,” Powell said. “They were playing good on this road trip. We took them too lightly, and young teams tend to do that. But, we eventually started hitting the glass and focusing more on defense. Coach [Alford] talks about how big March basketball is, and some of the freshmen were anxious to play.”
UCLA’s win over the Cougars on Sunday helped the Bruins maintain pace for one of the top four slots in the Pac-12’s regular-season standings. The conference’s top four teams earn a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament, and the Bruins can lock up the No. 4 slot with a win on Wednesday against USC.
UCLA’s game against crosstown rival USC on Wednesday in Pauley Pavilion will be nationally televised on ESPN2. Game time is 6 p.m. (PT). The Bruins will honor four senior student-athletes (Norman Powell, Kory Alford, David Brown and Nick Kazemi) in a special “Senior Night” ceremony prior to tipoff.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

UCLA Set to Face Washington State on Sunday Evening

Tony Parker totaled 20 points in UCLA's win last Wednesday (photo by Don Liebig)
Tony Parker totaled 20 points in UCLA's win last Wednesday (photo by Don Liebig)

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
Release: Friday 02/27/2015
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LOS ANGELES – UCLA (17-12, 9-7 Pac-12) will face Washington State (12-15, 6-9 Pac-12) on Sunday evening in Pauley Pavilion. Game time is 6:30 p.m. (PT). The Bruins have just two regular-season games remaining – versus Washington State this Sunday and against USC in Pauley Pavilion next Wednesday. The Bruins have not faced Washington State this season and lost the only meeting between the two schools in Pullman, Wash., last year.
GAME INFORMATION
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Date: Sunday, March 1
Tipoff Time: 6:31 p.m. (PT)
Television: Fox Sports 1
TV Talent: Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play), Sean Elliott (analyst)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 91
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 91
GETTING TO THE GAME
Tickets are available by ordering online or calling the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN (825-2946). The Pauley Pavilion Box Office (north side) will open this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. game against Washington State. More information about directions to Pauley, parking and tickets can be found through our Gameday Infowebsite.
LISTEN LIVE
UCLA’s game this Sunday against Washington State (6:30 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 6:00 p.m. (PT). Chris Roberts and former UCLA basketball standout Tracy Murray will have the call, live from Pauley Pavilion. Fans can also listen to the audio broadcast by using the TuneIn radio app (click here).
MORE ABOUT THE BRUINS
- UCLA has just two regular-season games remaining on its schedule, both to be played at home … the Bruins have played six games against “top 15” ranked teams, the most of any Pac-12 school (AP poll) … after having lost five consecutive games midway through the season, UCLA won eight of its next 11 contests.
- Per KenPom.com, UCLA has played the nation’s No. 13 most difficult schedule (highest of any Pac-12 team) … also, per KenPom.com, the Bruins have faced the No. 4 strongest opposing defense (average of opp. defenses) ... UCLA and Georgia are the nation’s only two schools to have faced No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Gonzaga this year.
- Senior Norman Powell (16.1 ppg) and sophomore Bryce Alford (15.3 ppg) have accounted for 44 percent of UCLA’s total scoring … freshman Kevon Looney (9.4 rpg) and junior Tony Parker (6.7 rpg) have registered 40 percent of the Bruins’ total rebounds.
SUNDAY’S SHOWDOWN
The Bruins have won each of their last four home games against Washington State, with the most recent home loss taking place during the 2008-09 campaign. Last season, Washington State defeated the Bruins’ in the only regular-season meeting, securing a 73-55 victory over UCLA in Pullman, Wash., in each team’s final regular-season contest. UCLA has compiled a 38-4 record against Washington State over the previous 21 seasons.
LOOKING BACK
Most recently, UCLA cruised past Washington, 88-66, in Pauley Pavilion last Wednesday. Norman Powell scored a team-leading 24 points and Tony Parker added 20 in a game in which the Bruins never trailed. Isaac Hamiltonregistered his first career double-double, finishing with 16 points and a season-high 10 assists. UCLA shot a season-best 62.7 percent from the field against the visiting Huskies, limiting Washington to a 37.7 field goal percentage. The Bruins totaled 24 assists and outrebounded Washington by a 42-20 margin.
POWELL’S PRODUCTION
Norman Powell leads UCLA with 16.1 points per game, the sixth-highest scoring average in the Pac-12 (through Feb. 25). The 6-foot-4 guard from San Diego has scored in double figures in 24 of 29 games this season, reaching the 20-point plateau in 12 contests. He connected on a career-high 11 field goals to score a team-leading 24 points against Washington on Wednesday. Powell ranks fifth among Pac-12 players with 16.9 points per game in conference games (through Feb. 25). He played in his 134th game for UCLA last Wednesday versus Washington.
FRESHMAN STANDOUT
Kevon Looney has averaged 12.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, the second-highest rebounding average of any freshman, nationally (through Feb. 25). Likewise, Looney has logged 13 double-doubles in 29 games, the highest double-double total of any freshman in the country. In comparison, UCLA’s Kyle Anderson had eight double-doubles as a freshman (2012-13) and 16 double-doubles last year. Looney has scored in double figures in 11 of the Bruins’ last 14 games and has registered double-doubles in six Pac-12 games during his freshman campaign.
POINTS AND ASSISTS
Bryce Alford ranks second on the team in scoring (15.3 points per game) and has dished a team-best 5.2 assists per game in 29 starts (fourth-highest assist average in the Pac-12). The 6-foot-3 guard from Albuquerque, N.M., has scored in double figures in 24 of 29 games. He is one of two Pac-12 players (along with Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss) to rank among the top 10 in scoring and top five in assists per game. Alford ranks third in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (84.9 pct, 101-for-119) and in 3-pointers made per game (2.4).
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Norman Powell has played in all 134 games for UCLA since the start of the 2011-12 season. Powell, who has started each of UCLA’s last 68 games, currently ranks fifth on UCLA’s all-time games played list, having moved past Mitchell Butler (131 games, 1990-93) on Feb. 14. Michael Roll ranks first on the list (147), followed by Darren Collison and Alfred Aboya (142). Powell’s career total of 148 steals ranks 10th on UCLA’s all-time steals list (ahead of Ed O’Bannon and Gerald Madkins, who each logged 146 career steals at UCLA).
CHAMPIONS MADE HERE
UCLA will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its 1975 NCAA championship team during Sunday night’s game. The Bruins’ 1975 squad posted a 28-3 record en route to securing UCLA’s 10th NCAA championship in 12 seasons. UCLA won its first 12 games that season, captured the Pac-8 title by the end of the year and fended off Louisville in overtime with a 75-74 victory in the Final Four. Following that game, head coach John Wooden announced he would retire upon the conclusion of the NCAA title contest. UCLA defeated Kentucky in the championship game, 92-85.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

UCLA Cruises Past Washington, 88-66



Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
Release: Wednesday 02/25/2015
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LOS ANGELES - Norman Powell scored a team-leading 24 points and Tony Parker added 20 to lift UCLA past Washington, 88-66, in a Pac-12 game in Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday night.
Powell made 11 of 17 shots and grabbed seven rebounds to help UCLA (17-12, 9-7 Pac-12) keep pace in the upper half of the Pac-12 standings.
Parker finished with at least 20 points for the first time since a loss at Cal on Feb. 7, connecting on 10 of 12 field goal attempts.
Andrew Andrews scored 15 of his team-best 18 points in the second half for Washington (15-12, 4-11), a team that has not won at Pauley Pavilion since Dec. 31, 2010. Andrews had scored a career-high 35 points in a win over Washington State last Sunday evening.
UCLA pushed its home record to 14-1 on Wednesday night and extended its win streak to five games over the Huskies.
The Bruins led from the start, claiming a 6-0 lead in the game’s first 67 seconds. UCLA claimed a 19-5 cushion with 14:07 to play in the opening half. Parker’s dunk at the 6:44 mark in the first half put the Bruins ahead by 18 points (33-15), and UCLA entered the locker room at the break with a 46-25 lead.
Washington never reduced UCLA’s cushion to fewer than 19 points in the second half. After Nigel Williams-Goss hit a jumper at the 18:26 mark to cut UCLA’s lead to 46-27, the Bruins reeled off seven consecutive points to lead 53-27 with 16:39 to play.
UCLA led by as many as 31 points midway through the second half.
Isaac Hamilton finished notched his first career double-double, totaling 16 points and a season-high 10 assists. Bryce Alford scored seven points, grabbed six rebounds and tallied seven assists.
UCLA had not recorded more than 20 assists in any game since logging a season-high 28 versus Nicholls State on Nov. 20 in the team’s third contest of the season. In addition, the Bruins netted at least 10 steals for the seventh time this year.
The Bruins continue their regular-season schedule at home this Sunday, hosting Washington State in Pauley Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. UCLA’s game will be nationally televised on Fox Sports 1.
Game Notes: Norman Powell moved into the No. 34 slot on the program’s all-time scoring list, eclipsing Richard Washington’s 1,245-point total … Powell has now scored 1,251 career points in 134 games … Bryce Alford moved into a tie for 10th-place on UCLA’s single-season three-point field goals list (Reggie Miller also had 69 three-pointers during the 1986-87 season) … with two steals against Washington, Powell moved into 10th-place on UCLA’s career steals list (148) … Powell finished with a career-high 11 field goals, one better than his previous career-high of 10 against James Madison on Nov. 15, 2012.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

UCLA Returns Home to Host Washington on Wednesday

Norman Powell has scored in double figures in 23 of UCLA's 28 games (photo by Scott Chandler)
Norman Powell has scored in double figures in 23 of UCLA's 28 games (photo by Scott Chandler)

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Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
Release: Monday 02/23/2015
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LOS ANGELES – UCLA (16-12, 8-5 Pac-12) hosts Washington (15-11, 4-10 Pac-12) on Wednesday in Pauley Pavilion. Game time is 8 p.m. (PT). The Bruins have compiled a 13-1 record at home this season and have just three-regular season games remaining, all to be played at home. Last season, UCLA won the only meeting against Washington, a 91-82 decision at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.
GAME INFORMATION
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 25
Tipoff Time: 8:05 p.m. (PT)
Television: ESPN2
TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 139
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 139
GETTING TO THE GAME
Tickets are available by ordering online or calling the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN (825-2946). The Pauley Pavilion Box Office (north side) will open this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. game against Washington. More information about directions to Pauley, parking and tickets can be found through our Gameday Info website.
LISTEN LIVE
UCLA's game this Wednesday versus Washington (8 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 7;30 p.m. (PT). Chris Roberts and former UCLA basketball standout Tracy Murray will have the call, live from Pauley Pavilion. Fans can also listen to the audio broadcast by using the TuneIn radio app (click here).
MORE ABOUT THE BRUINS
- UCLA has just three regular-season games remaining on its schedule, all to be played at home … the Bruins have played six games this season against top-15 ranked teams, the most of any Pac-12 school (AP poll) … after having lost five consecutive games midway through the season, UCLA won eight of its next 11 contests.
- Per KenPom.com, UCLA has played the nation’s No. 7 most difficult schedule (highest of any Pac-12 program) … also, KenPom.com has rated UCLA as having faced the No. 3 combined best “opposing defense” (an average of its opposing teams’ defensive efficiency ratings).
Norman Powell (15.8 ppg) and Bryce Alford (15.6 ppg) have accounted for 45 percent of UCLA’s total scoring …Kevon Looney (9.5 rpg) and Tony Parker (6.8 rpg) have registered 41 percent of the Bruins’ total rebounds … UCLA and Georgia are the nation’s only two schools to have faced No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Gonzaga this year.
WEDNESDAY’S MATCHUP
The Bruins have not faced Washington this season and only faced the Huskies in one game (in Seattle) during the final regular-season weekend last season. UCLA will close its regular-season schedule over the next two weeks with consecutive home games against Washington (Feb. 25), Washington State (March 1) and USC (March 4). UCLA has won each of its last three games against the Huskies and four of the last five contests in the all-time series.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bruins dropped a pair of Pac-12 road games last week, losing at Arizona State, 68-66, on Wednesday before falling at No. 7 Arizona, 57-47, on Saturday. In the loss at Arizona, the Bruins overcame a 14-point halftime deficit by scoring the first 17 points of the second half to claim a 35-32 advantage. Arizona led 44-43 with 5:42 to play before Gabe York nailed a 3-pointer to push the Wildcats’ cushion to four points. UCLA was unable to close the gap to fewer than four points the rest of the way. Bryce Alford totaled a game-high 22 points on 7 of 13 shooting.
POWELL’S PRODUCTION
Norman Powell enters the week ranking sixth in scoring in the Pac-12, having averaged 15.8 points per game (28 starts). The 6-foot-4 guard from San Diego has scored in double figures in 23 of UCLA’s 28 games, reaching the 20-point plateau in 11 contests. Powell scored a team-leading 23 points to help the Bruins defeat Oregon, 72-63, in Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 14. He ranks seventh among Pac-12 players with 16.4 points per game in conference games (through Feb. 22). Powell played in his 133rd game for UCLA last Saturday evening at Arizona.
FRESHMAN STANDOUT
Kevon Looney enters this Wednesday’s contest having averaged 12.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, the second-highest rebounding average of any freshman, nationally (through Feb. 22). Likewise, Looney has logged 13 double-doubles in 28 games, the highest double-double total of any freshman in the country. In comparison, UCLA’sKyle Anderson had eight double-doubles as a freshman (2012-13) and 16 double-doubles last year. Looney has scored in double figures in 11 of the Bruins’ last 13 games and has registered double-doubles in six Pac-12 games.
POINTS AND ASSISTS
Bryce Alford ranks second on the team in scoring (15.4 points per game) and has dished a team-best 5.1 assists per game in 28 starts (fourth-highest assist average in the Pac-12). The 6-foot-3 guard from Albuquerque, N.M., has scored in double figures in 24 of 28 games. He is one of two Pac-12 players (along with Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss) to rank among the top 10 in scoring and top five in assists per game. Alford ranks third in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (84.6 pct, 99-for-117) and second in 3-pointers made per game (2.4).
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Norman Powell has played in all 133 games for UCLA since the start of the 2011-12 season. Powell, who has started each of UCLA’s last 67 games, currently ranks fifth on UCLA’s all-time games played list, having moved past Mitchell Butler (131 games, 1990-93) on Feb. 14. Michael Roll ranks first on the list (147), followed by Darren Collison and Alfred Aboya (142). Powell’s career total of 146 steals is tied for 10th place on the school’s all-time steals list (Ed O’Bannon and Gerald Madkins also registered 146 career steals at UCLA).

Sunday, February 22, 2015

UCLA Bruins 2014-2015

UCLA Bruins 2014-15 (left to right): 13-David Brown, 2-Kory Alford, 22-Noah Allen, 10-Isaac Hamilton, 1-Wanaah Bail, 14-GG Golaman, 4-Norman Powell, 43-Jonah Bolden, 20-Bryce Alford, 40-Thomas Welsh, 5-Kevon Looney, 0-Nick Kazemi, 21-Alec Wulff, 23-Tony Parker. 

UCLA comes up empty in the desert: Falls at No. 7 Arizona, 57-47



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Release: Saturday 02/21/2015
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TUCSON, Ariz. - Bryce Alford scored a game-leading 22 points as UCLA dropped a 57-47 decision to No. 7 Arizona before a sold-out crowd of 14,655 at McKale Center on Saturday night.
UCLA opened both the first and second halves on scoring runs but was unable to continue its momentum through the final minutes of each half. The Bruins (16-12, 8-7 Pac-12) raced to a 7-0 lead to start the game, holding Arizona scoreless over the first 6:05.
After falling behind by a 32-18 margin at halftime, UCLA opened the second half on a 17-0 scoring run to secure a 35-32 lead with 13:26 to play.
Gabe York scored a team-leading 13 points off the bench for the host Wildcats (23-3, 12-2 Pac-12), who moved a half-game ahead of Utah in first place in the Pac-12 standings. Dusan Ristic finished with 12 points off the bench and T.J. McConnell totaled 11 points and a game-high five assists.
Norman Powell finished with 11 points for the Bruins, and Kevon Looney netted 10 points to round out UCLA’s list of double-figure scorers.
Arizona closed the first half on a 19-5 scoring run to secure a 14-point cushion at halftime. UCLA’s strong second half run began with five straight points from Looney before Powell’s dunk closed the gap to 32-25 at the 16:50 mark.
Alford and Looney nailed back-to-back 3-pointers before Powell’s layup at the 14:29 mark gave UCLA a 33-32 cushion. The Bruins extended their advantage to 35-32 on a pair of free throw shots from Alford.
Arizona’s Stanley Johnson helped the Wildcats tie the game, 39-39, and take the lead when he converted two free throws with 9:32 to play. UCLA never was able to tie the game or take the lead from that point.
The Bruins reduced Arizona’s cushion to four points – 51-47 – with 1:36 to play before McConnell nailed a jump shot with 1:14 remaining.
UCLA will close its regular-season with three consecutive home games over the next two weeks. Next Wednesday, the Bruins will host Washington in Pauley Pavilion. Game time is 8 p.m.

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