LOS ANGELES–Bryce Alford scored a game-high 22 points and freshmen Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf each recorded double-doubles as UCLA secured an 100-58 win over The Master's University in an exhibition game on Tuesday.
Ball netted 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Leaf had 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, as both players took the court in Pauley Pavilion for the first time.
Tuesday night's win served as the team's only preseason tune-up before opening its regular season against Pacific on Friday, Nov. 11.
"It's about getting a barometer of where we are at, and it was good," said Steve Alford, who enters his fourth season as UCLA's head coach. "I thought that the effort out of both teams was really good. We were defending an undersized team, and that presents problems for our bigs. We won the free throw war and the rebound war, and we did a really good job of assisting and moving the ball."
Playing before 5,339 in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins opened the game with a 15-2 scoring run over the first 4:47 and extended their margin to as many as 31 points – 38-7 – with 7:54 left in the opening half.
The Bruins' freshmen got in on the scoring early. Ball made his first points in Pauley Pavilion on a dunk at the 19:13 mark, giving UCLA a 4-0 lead, before Leaf followed with a layup at the 18:49 mark. In all, the Bruins made each of their first six shot attempts – all within the first 3:39 of the contest.
UCLA entered the locker room at the break with a 59-28 cushion, having shot 66.7 percent in the opening half. Hamilton had 15 first-half points after sinking six of eight shots before intermission.
Leading by a 66-45 margin with 12:09 to play in the second half, UCLA pushed its margin to 78-47 before using a 12-3 run to lead, 90-50.
The Bruins shot at a 52.9 percent clip in the exhibition victory, making 36 of 68 shots. UCLA outrebounded the visiting Mustangs by a 50-33 tally and collected 25 assists, including a team-high six from Ball.
UCLA's season-opening game against Pacific on Nov. 11 will tip off at 6 p.m. (PT). The regular season opener will be televised by Pac-12 Network.