JAN 09, 2016 | MEN'S BASKETBALL
By: UCLA Athletics
LOS ANGELES - Isaac Hamilton scored 26 points, and the Bruins hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 1:10 to help UCLA outlast Arizona State, 81-74, on Saturday afternoon.
With the game tied at 74-74, freshman Aaron Holiday hit a clutch three-pointer with 1:10 remaining to put UCLA ahead, 77-74. After Arizona State’s Kodi Justice missed a 3-point attempt, Bryce Alford drained a three of his own with 24 seconds left, and the Sun Devils missed on a trio of 3-pointers to close the game.
The Bruins (11-6, 2-2 Pac-12) led by as many as 12 points in the first half before the Sun Devils (10-6, 0-3) rallied to tie the game, 33-33, on a 3-pointer by Tra Holder at the 1:23 mark.
UCLA led by one point, 38-37, at halftime.
Arizona State came out strong in the second half, scoring the first six points to lead, 43-38.
The Bruins secured a 59-58 advantage with 9:06 to play on a 3-pointer by Holiday, before ASU used a 7-3 scoring run to move back up by three points, 65-62.
Hamilton brought the Bruins back with a 3-pointer and a jump shot to go ahead, 67-65, with 5:15 to play. ASU again responded by tying the contest, 68-68, on a 3-pointer by Justice with 4:12 on the clock.
The lead switched hands five more times before Holiday’s game-winning 3-pointer.
Hamilton, with 26 points, led four UCLA players who scored in double figures. Alford added 18 points and four assists, Thomas Welsh had 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and Holiday scored 10 points with five assists.
Tony Parker added nine points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
Holder led Arizona State with 26 points, and Justice added 11.
The Bruins will return to action at home versus USC on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is 8 pm (PT). The Bruins' contest against the Trojans will be nationally televised on ESPN2.