|Isaac Hamilton and Tony Parker guard Kansas' Frank Mason III (photo by Al Sermeno)|
NOV 24, 2015 | MEN'S BASKETBALL
By: UCLA Athletics
LAHAINA, Hawaii - Isaac Hamilton scored a team-leading 19 points as UCLA dropped a 92-73 decision to No. 5 Kansas in a semifinal game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Tuesday night.
The loss sends UCLA (3-2) into Wednesday afternoon’s third-place game, where the Bruins will take on Wake Forest (3-2) at 4:30 pm PT (2:30 pm HT) at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Against Kansas (3-1) on Tuesday, the Jayhawks had the upper hand on the Bruins from the start. Kansas raced to a 6-0 lead in the opening minute before UCLA reduced the margin to 8-7. The Jayhawks countered with a 16-2 scoring run to extend their margin to 26-9 with 11:48 left in the first half.
UCLA trailed at halftime, 59-33, and reduced its deficit to as few as 19 points before the final buzzer sounded.
"We haven't started either opening half well at all since we've been here," UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. "I didn’t think that we started the game well against UNLV, and we didn't start the game well tonight."
Perry Ellis led a group of four Kansas players in double figures, scoring a game-high 24 points and adding six rebounds. Frank Mason III scored 16 points, Wayne Selden Jr. added 15 and Svi Mykhailiuk finished with 13.
UCLA’s Aaron Holiday totaled 16 points while Tony Parker registered 15 points and a team-best eight rebounds.
Kansas shot nearly 58 percent in the first half, registering 15 assists on 19 field goals and committing just three turnovers. Overall, the Jayhawks shot 54 percent, connecting on 10 of 23 three-point field goal attempts (44 percent).
Bruins’ guard Prince Ali finished with eight points in 15 minutes off the bench.
UCLA’s game versus Wake Forest on Wednesday will be nationally televised on ESPN2.