Sunday, January 15, 2017

No. 4 UCLA Outlasts Utah, 83-82

from UCLA Athletics


SALT LAKE CITY – Lonzo Ball scored a team-high 17 points with eight assists, while TJ Leaf recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds as No. 4 UCLA earned a 83-82 victory at Utah on Saturday in a Pac-12 game from the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The Bruins extend their win streak to five games with the win.

UCLA (18-1, 5-1 Pac-12) finished with five player in double-figures led by Ball and followed by Thomas Welsh with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Bryce Alford followed up his 37-point performance on Thursday with 15 on three 3-pointers, while Aaron Holiday added 14 points.

"I'm just proud of our guys' effort," said UCLA head coach Steve Alford. "We didn't shoot the ball particularly well but we found a way to win. I just can't say enough about this team.
We are almost at 20 games and this team continues to do things that breed winning and I'm appreciative of that."

Utah (12-5, 3-2 Pac-12) was led by Lorenzo Bonam with 19 points, while Devon Daniels and Kyle Kuzma added 15 points each.

Down by one with 2:54 to play, UCLA would hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions by Alford and Holiday to take a one-point advantage with under two minutes to play. The Bruins made a defensive stop in the final seconds and Welsh sealed the win by making two free throws with one second to play.

The Utes erased a two-point deficit at halftime by scoring 11-straight points to start the period behind four points each by Kuzma and Bonam. UCLA battled back and retook the lead with 10 minutes left in regulation after going on a 13-4 run capped off by four-straight points by Holiday.

UCLA led 42-40 at halftime as Alford, Leaf and Welsh all recorded 10 points. The Bruins led by as many as eight points in the opening period until Utah scored eight unanswered points to tie the game at 37-37 with 2:16 to play. Alford would give UCLA the two-point lead as he hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left in the opening half.

The Bruins return to the court on Thursday when they face Arizona State at 8 p.m. PT from Pauley Pavilion on Fox Sports 1.

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