Friday, January 20, 2017

No. 3 UCLA Defeats Sun Devils, 102-80

from UCLA Athletics 

LOS ANGELES – Isaac Hamilton scored 33 points and tied the school record with nine three-pointers to lead No. 3 UCLA to a 102-80 win over Arizona State on Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion.

This was the second time in as many weeks that a Bruin played recorded nine three-pointers. Bryce Alford did the same at Colorado on Jan. 12 to tie the school record he shared with Jason Kapono.

UCLA (19-1, 6-1 Pac-12) made eight of its first nine shots, including six three-pointers, and used a 13-0 run to secure an early 28-9 cushion. 

Hamilton was on fire from three-point range, making his first five threes and totaling 19 points in the first 10 minutes alone. He finished the first half with 25 points.

Arizona State (9-10, 2-4) made a run early in the second half to get back in the game. Down by 15 at the half, the Sun Devils cut UCLA's lead to seven, 68-61, with 12:16 to play. But the Bruins held ASU scoreless over the next four and a half minutes and ran off 14 straight points to push their lead back up to 21, 82-61, on a monster dunk by Lonzo Ball with 8:15 to play. ASU never got closer than 18 after that.

"Really proud of the guys," said UCLA head coach Steve Alford. "I thought we did some really good things tonight. We did a really good job on the backboard for most of the night. That's how we share it with 30 assists on the offensive end. We made 16 3-pointers. We did a good job of getting to the free-throw line. I liked our pace offensively."

Ball recorded his sixth double-double of the season, totaling 10 points with 12 assists, and also grabbed seven rebounds. TJ Leaf just missed out on a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds. Also scoring in double figures were Aaron Holiday with 13 points and a career-high eight assists, and Thomas Welsh with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Torian Graham led Arizona State with 26 points, and Tra Holder added 22 points.

UCLA totaled 30 assists in the game, the most by a Bruin team since recording 32 at Cal in 1995. The Bruins shot 60.3% from the field and 59.3% from the three-point line.

The Bruins return to action against No. 14/13 Arizona (17-2, 6-0 Pac-12) on Saturday. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is 1 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game will be nationally televised on CBS.

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