Monday, February 1, 2016

UCLA Downs Washington State, 83-50

By: UCLA Athletics
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LOS ANGELES - Isaac Hamilton scored a game-leading 22 points and had six assists as the UCLA basketball team defeated Washington State, 83-50, before 9,024 in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.
Hamilton led a group of five Bruins who scored in double figures. Thomas Welsh recorded his ninth double-double of the season, totaling 10 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes.
"Obviously when you get a tough loss like we had on Thursday, you show up today and could be tighter and really play passive, but I thought the guys did a really good job," UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. "I think that was the best 40 minutes that we’ve had all year, offensively and defensively."
UCLA (13-9, 4-5) employed a different starting lineup on Saturday against the Cougars (9-12, 1-8), inserting sophomore Jonah Bolden at forward after having dropped consecutive games to Oregon and Washington. Bolden finished with seven rebounds, three points and two steals in 26 minutes.
Tony Parker was efficient for the Bruins off the bench, recording 11 points and three rebounds while going a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
After surrendering an early 3-pointer, the Bruins claimed a 4-3 lead with 17:16 left in the first half and never trailed the rest of the way. UCLA pushed its first-half lead to as many as 14 points and entered the locker room at halftime with a 36-23 cushion.
Ike Iroegbu scored a team-leading 16 points for Washington State, while Que Johnson came off the bench to record 12 points.
The Bruins extended their margin in the second half, pushing their advantage to as many as 20 points (50-30) with 14:20 to play. Leading 38-30 at the 16:43 mark, UCLA received five consecutive points from Bryce Alford during a 12-0 scoring run to secure the 20-point cushion.
With under six minutes to play, the Bruins continued to widen their margin. Hamilton was fouled on a dunk and nailed the ensuing free throw to put UCLA ahead of Washington State, 70-48, with 4:09 to play.
UCLA closed the game on an 18-2 scoring run to secure a 33-point victory.
The Bruins will return to action at USC (17-5, 6-3) on Thursday, Feb. 4. Game time USC’s Galen Center is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.
Game Notes: UCLA's 33-point margin of victory was the team's largest in a conference game since Jan. 31, 2009, when the Bruins defeated Stanford in Pauley Pavilion by 34 points (97-63) ... Isaac Hamilton scored in double figures for the 18th consecutive game, UCLA's longest such streak since 2012-13, when freshman Shabazz Muhammad had at least 10 points in 19 straight contests ... Aaron Holiday scored in double figures for the eighth straight game ... UCLA improved its record to 10-0 when holding the opposition to fewer than 80 points.

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