Saturday, November 21, 2015

UCLA Takes Down Pepperdine, 81-67

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LOS ANGELES - Tony Parker recorded his third double-double in as many games, totaling 15 points and 15 rebounds, as UCLA defeated Pepperdine, 81-67, in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night.
Parker, who has averaged 16.7 points and 16.0 rebounds in UCLA’s first three games, had 11 points and eight boards by halftime.
The Bruins (2-1) received a team-best 19 points from Bryce Alford and 16 from Aaron Holiday. Prince Ali scored 12 points off the bench, and Isaac Hamilton finished with 10 points.
“This was the best game we had to date on contesting shots, forcing teams into some difficult shots, and I thought that was a big key,” UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. “I thought the job Tony [Parker] and Jonah [Bolden] did on [Stacy] Davis was an incredible key for us. Tony proved that he could guard and still get 15 and 15. It was a big game for him.”
UCLA extended its winning streak against Pepperdine (1-2) to five games, securing a 48-34 advantage by halftime. The Bruins led by as many as 18 points three times in the first half and pushed their margin to 20 points with 14:47 to play in the game.
With UCLA ahead of Pepperdine, 64-44, at the 13:34 mark in the second half, the Waves used an 8-0 scoring run to reduce the Bruins’ cushion to 12 points (66-54) on a jump shot by Atif Russell. Ali helped the Bruins respond, getting to the free throw line twice in a one-minute span and knocking down all four free throws. Ali, a 6-foot-3 freshman guard, made all seven of his free throw attempts.
UCLA’s second-half lead never fell to fewer than 12 points.
Lamond Murray Jr. netted a game-leading 22 points for Pepperdine (1-2). Kameron Edwards had 10 points for the visiting Waves, who were facing UCLA for the first time since Nov. 28, 2011.
The Bruins shot 50 percent overall from the field and made 6 of 17 three-point field goal attempts (35.3 percent). For the third consecutive game, UCLA out-rebounded its opposition. The Bruins won the battle on the boards by a 45-34 margin.
UCLA will return to action next week in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Hawaii. The Bruins open against UNLV (3-0) on Monday, Nov. 23. Game time is 8:30 p.m. (PT). The non-conference game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
UCLA, which last played in the Maui Invitational in 2011, won the tournament in 2006.

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