Friday, February 24, 2017

No. 5 UCLA Outlasts Arizona State, 87-75

from UCLA Athletics

from Cronkite Sports


TEMPE, Ariz. – TJ Leaf scored a team-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 5 UCLA past Arizona State, 87-75, before 10,176 at Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday night.

Lonzo Ball and Thomas Welsh each grabbed a team-leading 11 rebounds and three other Bruins scored in double figures. Aaron Holiday finished with 17 points after connecting on 4 of 7 shots from three-point range, Bryce Alford tallied 15 points and Ike Anigbogu scored a career-high 12 points.

UCLA (25-3, 12-3 Pac-12) extended its win streak to six games, pushing its mark to 6-0 in the month of February. The Bruins recorded their seventh win over Arizona State in the last eight meetings between the two Pac-12 programs.

Torian Graham led Arizona State (13-16, 6-10 Pac-12) with 28 points and had six rebounds as one of four Sun Devils to score in double figures.

The Bruins led by a 45-36 margin at halftime, but Arizona State responded early in the second half by cutting UCLA's cushion to 45-43 after a layup by Shannon Evans II with 17:21 to play.

Leaf answered with a basket for UCLA and ASU's Obinna Oleka countered with a dunk at the 16:23 mark to keep UCLA's cushion at just two points.

After Arizona State reduced UCLA's lead to 50-49 with 15:22 remaining, the Bruins pushed their margin back to six points – 55-49 – with 14:25 to play.

Leading 55-50 at the 14:05 mark, Holiday nailed a three-pointer to push the Bruins ahead, 58-50, with 13:45 remaining. UCLA extended its advantage to 12 points with 8:55 to play and led by at least 10 points for the game's final 8:10.

UCLA finished Thursday night's game with 26 assists and 13 turnovers. Alford and Holiday each had a team-leading six assists while Ball dished five assists.

The Bruins will return to action at No. 4 Arizona on Saturday evening. Game time is 5:15 p.m. PT (6:15 p.m. MT). UCLA's game at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., will be nationally televised on ESPN with Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas calling the action and Maria Taylor serving as the sideline reporter.

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