Tuesday, November 17, 2015

UCLA Outlasts Cal Poly, 88-83

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Tony Parker tallied 16 points and 14 rebounds in UCLA's win on Sunday night (photo by Scott Chandler)
By: UCLA Athletics
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LOS ANGELES - Thomas Welsh scored a career-high 22 points and Tony Parker registered his second consecutive double-double to help UCLA defeat Cal Poly, 88-83, in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday.
Parker finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds and has averaged 17.5 points and 16.5 rebounds in the Bruins’ first two games. Welsh nailed 10 of 12 shots, pushing his season field goal percentage to 75 percent.
Bryce Alford tallied 18 points and Isaac Hamilton and Jonah Bolden each added 11 to round out the list of double figure scorers for UCLA (1-1).
Sunday night's win over Cal Poly came just 48 hours after the Bruins dropped an 84-81 overtime decision to Monmouth in the regular-season opener.
"I'm really proud of our guys because we got in a very similar situation to Friday," UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. "We had a double-digit lead, and we were playing well. Then, they make a serious run to take the lead from us and we win. Getting a win after a loss, whether it's at home or on the road, I've always felt like that's the toughest thing to do."
UCLA led 47-37 at halftime and pushed its lead to as many as 15 points early in the second half. Trailing 59-44 with 15:45 to play, Cal Poly (0-2) used a 12-3 scoring run to close its gap to 62-56 at the 12:08 mark. After a three pointer from Bolden, who made his collegiate debut, Cal Poly went on an 11-2 run to tie the contest, 67-67, with 7:21 to play.
Cal Poly briefly led, securing a 69-68 cushion on a jumper from Luke Meikle, before UCLA wrested control on a jump shot from Isaac Hamilton. After Hamilton’s shot at the 5:19 mark, the Bruins never trailed. Hamilton’s basket helped the Bruins string together a 5-0 run and extend their advantage to 73-69 with 3:31 to play.
After a tip-in from Cal Poly’s Brian Bennett, Welsh hit a jump shot with 1:50 to go and nailed a pair of free throws at the 1:24 mark to help the Bruins assume a 77-71 lead.
Reese Morgan scored a team-leading 20 points for Cal Poly, which made 11 of its first 19 3-point attempts and finished the game shooting 48.1 percent from downtown (13 of 27).
For the second straight game, UCLA won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding Cal Poly by a 42-35 margin.
UCLA’s trio of starting guards – Aaron HolidayBryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton – combined for all 22 Bruin assists, committing just six turnovers. Holiday finished with five steals and Hamilton registered three.
The Bruins made 50 percent of their total field goals, hitting 32 of 64 shots, shooting nearly 53 percent in the first half.
UCLA will return to action against Pepperdine on Thursday, Nov. 19. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is 7:30 p.m. The Bruins’ game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

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