Sunday, December 20, 2015

No. 22 UCLA Falls to No. 11 UNC, 89-76

Tony Parker logged his seventh double-double of the year (photo courtesy of Getty Images)
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By: UCLA Athletics
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Isaac Hamilton scored a season-high 23 points as No. 22 UCLA lost to No. 11 North Carolina, 89-76, on Saturday afternoon in a CBS Sports Classic game at the Barclays Center.
Hamilton connected on each of his first four 3-point attempts, all in the first 10 minutes, as the Bruins (8-4) saw a season-high five game winning streak end.
Tony Parker logged his Pac-12-leading seventh double-double in 12 games, totaling 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Bryce Alford netted 15 points and Thomas Welsh finished with 10.
Brice Johnson totaled a game-leading 27 points for North Carolina (9-2), making 11 of 12 shots from the field, and added a team-best nine rebounds. Joel Berry (17 points), Isaiah Hicks (12 points) and Marcus Paige (10 points) rounded out the Tar Heels’ list of double-figure scorers.
UCLA led throughout the majority of the game’s first half and entered the locker room at the break tied, 38-38. The Tar Heels opened the second half with an 8-0 scoring run before UCLA closed the margin to 50-47 with 15:47 remaining.
A tip-in by Welsh with 11:18 to play cut North Carolina’s advantage to 58-55. The Tar Heels opened their margin with just over 10 minutes to go, using a 13-0 scoring run to secure a 73-57 lead with 6:26 to play.
While the Tar Heels controlled much of the second half, UCLA raced out to the game’s first double-digit lead. The Bruins led by as many as 11 points (26-15) with 10:04 to play, as an Alford 3-pointer game UCLA its largest advantage of the afternoon.
Much like during UCLA’s win against Gonzaga one week ago, Hamilton was on target early for the Bruins. The junior guard from Los Angeles nailed each of his first four 3-point attempts, including a pair of treys within the game’s first three minutes. By the 14:39 mark, Hamilton’s 12 points had outscored the Tar Heels, as he had help give UCLA an early 16-9 cushion.
Trailing 33-25 with 5:22 to play before halftime, North Carolina reduced UCLA’s margin to 33-30 as Johnson scored eight consecutive points for the Tar Heels. UNC claimed a 38-36 lead with 1:19 to play before halftime, before Alford hit a mid-range jumper with four seconds to play before the halftime buzzer sounded.
The Bruins return to action against McNeese State on Tuesday, Dec. 22, in what will be the team’s final regular-season non-conference game. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is 8 p.m.

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