Sunday, February 21, 2016

Bruins pulls off bipolar week again, takes luster off of Buffs 77-53

Tony Parker totaled 16 points and six rebounds on Saturday (photo by Scott Chandler)

UCLA Athletics

UCLA Downs Colorado, 77-53
By: UCLA Athletics

LOS ANGELES - Isaac Hamilton made each of his first four 3-point shots and finished with 22 points to lead the UCLA basketball team past Colorado, 77-53, before 8,492 in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday night.
Hamilton scored in double figures for the 23rd consecutive game, the longest such streak by any UCLA player since 2007-08, when Kevin Love scored in double figures in all 39 games.
Tony Parker returned to UCLA’s starting lineup, scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds, and Bryce Alford finished with 13 points and nine assists.
“I thought that was a really good 40 minutes,” UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. “I thought we had a great team effort with 21 assists, seven turnovers. We shared the basketball, we got good shots, we shot a high percentage, and we got some of those shots against Utah [on Thursday] but didn’t make them.”
The Bruins (15-12, 6-8 Pac-12) led from start to finish against Colorado (19-9, 8-7), securing a 5-0 lead before opening the margin to as many as seven points (12-5) in the game’s first five minutes.
Hamilton scored 17 of his team-leading 22 points in the first half. He made 9 of 12 shots, including 4 of 6 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc, and grabbed five rebounds.
UCLA led by a 30-25 margin with 4:25 to play before halftime. Hamilton nailed a 3-pointer with 4:01 remaining and Alford followed that with a 3-point shot at the 3:36 mark to give the Bruins a 36-25 cushion. Alford’s ensuing 3-pointer with 39 seconds to play in the opening half helped UCLA enter the locker room at the intermission with a 44-28 advantage.
The Bruins outscored Colorado in the second half, 33-25, and never saw their lead fall to fewer than 16 points.
UCLA enters the final two weeks of its regular season with four games to play. The Bruins will hit the road this week, playing at California on Thursday evening (6 p.m.) and at Stanford on Saturday (1:30 p.m.).
The Bruins will close their regular-season schedule at home the following week with games against No. 16 Oregon on Wednesday, March 2 and Oregon State on Saturday, March 5.

Hamilton scores 22 as UCLA defeats Colorado 77-53 
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LOS ANGELES -- Isaac Hamilton knows that for the UCLA Bruinsand their postseason aspirations there's no time left for slip-ups.
"We just have to fight, and continue fighting," said Hamilton, who scored 22 points as the Bruins ran away from a cold-shooting Colorado 77-53 on Saturday night. "We have to play like we're paranoid.
"When we play like that we're a different ball club, offensively and defensively."
The Bruins won for only the third time in eight games. They shot 50 percent, making 11 of 20 3-pointers.
"From here on out we have to play with urgency, with pace, and muster up some wins," Hamilton said.
Tony Parker scored 16 points and Bryce Alford added 13 for UCLA (15-12, 6-8 Pac-12), which moved into a tie for eighth place with four league games remaining.
"It's all about playing with passion," said Parker. "I got off slow, missed a few shots early, but I just had to keep playing hard."
Xavier Talton scored 12 points and Josh Fortune added 10 for Colorado (19-9, 8-7), which lost its fourth straight road game and tied Washington for sixth place with three league games to play.
"We just didn't make jump shots, and that doesn't help," said Talton. "We have to get the ball into Josh (Scott), Wesley (Gordon) and Tory (Miller). They have to touch the ball more. We have to play inside-out if we want to beat a team like UCLA."
Playing predominantly zone defense and packing the paint, the Bruins took away Colorado's inside game, holding the Buffaloes to a season-low 31-percent shooting. Colorado was 3 of 17 from inside the arc in the first half and 10 of 36 for the game.
The Bruins outscored Colorado 24-14 in the paint.
UCLA took control 11 minutes into the game, outscoring the Buffaloes 20-8 over a 7:18 span, taking a 44-28 halftime lead on a 3-pointer by Bryce Alford with 39 seconds left. Colorado got no closer than 48-32 in the second half.
"We were battling. It was a five-point game with 4 1/2 minutes to go (in the first half)," said Colorado Coach Tad Boyle. "That last 4 1/2 minutes is important. They go on a 14-3 run and that's the ballgame.
"We just broke down with defensive assignments, and it wasn't just one guy. It was a multitude of guys."
The Bruins, who had lost three of their previous four home games, beat Colorado for the seventh time in eight games since the Buffaloes joined the Pac-12.
"We tried pressure. We tried trapping. Nothing worked," said Boyle. "Our execution level right now on both ends of the floor is not very good."
Colorado: The Buffaloes came into the game having committed 20 or more turnovers in three of their previous four games. ... Prior to their loss on Saturday night, the Buffaloes were 11-0 this season when they have notched more assists than turnovers. They had 15 assists, 11 turnovers against the Bruins. ... Josh Scott, Colorado's leading scorer, was held to nine points, the first full game this season he failed to reach double figures. He scored just one point against Oregon State, but was forced out after 16 minutes due to an ankle injury.
UCLA: Isaac Hamilton extended his double-digit scoring streak to 23 games, the longest Bruins streak since 2007-08 when Kevin Love scored at least 10 points in all 39 games. ... Tony Parker and Thomas Walsh entered the game ranked first and second in the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds but managed only two against the Buffaloes, who ranked second in conference in defensive rebound percentage. ... Parker returned to the Bruins' starting lineup after five games coming off the bench.

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