Sunday, December 13, 2015

UCLA Cruises Past CSUN, 77-45

By: UCLA Athletics
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LOS ANGELES - Tony Parker logged his fifth double-double in seven games to lead the UCLA basketball team past CSUN, 77-45, in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday evening.
Parker finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes, connecting on 6 of 11 shots.
Isaac Hamilton tied with Parker for the team lead with 14 points, while Aaron Holiday scored 13 points and connected on all three of his 3-point attempts.
UCLA (4-3) shot 43 percent from the field, totaling 21 assists and just seven turnovers against the visiting Matadors (2-5). The Bruins raced to a 14-0 lead in the game’s first six minutes before CSUN got on the board with a layup at the 13:35 mark in the first half.
The Bruins led by as many as 17 points in the first half and entered the locker room at the break with a 39-22 advantage.
“When you’re 3-3, you have to get a win,” UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. “But we needed to get a win where we played well. This was not a poorly-played game. We out-rebounded them by six and, in a 30-point game, we only turned the ball over seven times. The only thing I don’t think we did a tremendous job of was getting to the free throw line.”
For the Bruins, Sunday night’s contest against CSUN capped a four-game week. UCLA went 1-2 playing on consecutive days in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational (Nov. 23-25) before returning to Los Angeles on Friday evening.
Bryce Alford finished with a season-high 10 assists, totaling eight points, six rebounds and one steal in a team-leading 31 minutes.
No player from CSUN scored in double figures, as Micheal Warren, Jason Richardson and Landon Drew each finished with nine points. That marked UCLA’s first game since a win over UC Davis on Dec. 17, 2011, at the Honda Center, in which the Bruins did not allow any opposing player to score at least 10 points.
UCLA opened the second half by outscoring CSUN, 7-2, taking a 46-24 lead in the first 2:40 and never saw its advantage diminish to fewer than 20 points after the 15-minute park.
The Bruins will return to action against No. 1-ranked Kentucky on Thursday, Dec. 3. Game time is 6 p.m. (PT). This will mark the first time in which UCLA has hosted the nation’s top-ranked team since Jan. 9, 2014, when the Bruins dropped a 79-75 decision to No. 1-ranked Arizona.

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