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Sunday, December 18, 2016
No. 2 UCLA Defeats Ohio State, 86-73
Game Recap: Men's Basketball | Article Link| December 17, 2016
LAS VEGAS - Bryce Alford and Aaron Holiday scored 20 points each, while Isaac Hamilton added 17 as No. 2 UCLA (12-0) defeated Ohio State, 86-73, on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in the third annual CBS Sports Classic.
The Bruins won their 12th consecutive game to open the season and picked up their third win over a Big Ten Conference opponent.
"Very proud of our guys. I mean, what they have a real knack of is figuring things out," UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. "I think anytime you can get a double digit win against a Big Ten team, I mean, this team's really good. They're well-coached. They've got some vets on this team, and an awful lot of respect for them. So very excited to have us at 12-0."
Holiday scored 20 points for the second consecutive game to match his career high and also tied a career-high with five steals. Alford picked up his third 20-point performance of the season.
Lonzo Ball fell just short of a triple-double for the second straight game as he totaled eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists. TJ Leaf added 13 points with eight rebounds.
Marc Loving led Ohio State (8-3) with 19 points, connecting on 7 of 11 shots, while Jae'Sean Tate added 15 points.
Leading by just three at the half, the Bruins went on a 10-2 run to start the second half and led by as many as 14 points after an Alford triple at the 15:40 mark. The Buckeyes were able to cut the deficit to seven points late in regulation, but Alford hit one of his four 3-pointers and Ball finished an alley-oop dunk from Hamilton to seal the win.
UCLA led 40-37 at intermission as the Bruins used a 12-2 run late in the first half behind back-to-back 3-pointers by Holiday and Alford to go up by 10. Ohio State cut the lead to just three after scoring the final seven points of the half.
The Bruins shot 48 percent from the field, including 32 percent from behind the arc. The Buckeyes shot 47 percent from the floor but just 21 percent from 3-point range.
UCLA will play its final non-conference regular season game of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 21 when it hosts Western Michigan at 8 p.m. PT from Pauley Pavilion. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.