mar 01, 2017 | UCLA MEN'S BASKETBALL
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LOS ANGELES - No. 2 UCLA cruised to its eight consecutive victory, downing Washington, 98-66, on Wednesday night in Pauley Pavilion. Senior Bryce Alford made eight three-pointers and scored 29 points to lead all players, and freshman Lonzo Ball flirted with a triple-double, with 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
UCLA (27-3, 14-3 in the Pac-12) scored the game's first 11 points and never looked back. The Huskies (9-20, 2-15) did not get closer than seven points the rest of the way, and UCLA took a 21-point lead (49-28) into halftime.
The second half was more of the same from UCLA, who opened up a 42-point lead over the Huskies after a three-pointer by Alford with 4:24 to play. The Bruins emptied the bench at the end of the game and played a season-high 13 players, 10 of whom scored.
"Really proud of the guys," said UCLA head coach Steve Alford. "We've practiced well all week since getting back from the Arizona trip. We were pretty impressive tonight. We were engaged right from the beginning, we really talked about concentration all week. I thought our guys really concentrated well. Lopsided game, to only have eight turnovers. I thought we were just really good in a lot of areas. We took good shots, we made shots, we shared it. Twenty-three assists again. This team just continues, regardless of what the circumstance is, we play awfully hard and we play together. I thought we were really good at both ends tonight."
Joining Alford and Ball in double-figure scoring was Isaac Hamilton, who had 15 points.
Noah Dickerson led the visiting Huskies with 23 points and 15 rebounds. He connected on 10 of 15 shots as one of two Washington players to score in double figures. Matisse Thybulle finished with 15 points for the Huskies.
The Bruins played most of the game without starting forward TJ Leaf, who left the game with a sprained left ankle five minutes into the contest. His status is day-to-day.
UCLA jumped to an 11-0 lead to open the game and never looked back. Washington reduced UCLA's early advantage to seven points with 13:18 to play, before the Bruins used a 16-2 scoring run to lead by a 33-17 margin with 10:10 left in the first half.
Leading at halftime, 49-28, the Bruins extended their second-half cushion to as many as 42 points with just over four minutes to play. Freshman guard Armani Dodson made his collegiate debut, scoring two points on a field goal in the game's final two minutes.
The Bruins will close their regular-season schedule against Washington State on Saturday evening. Game time is 7:15 pm. The Bruins will honor their three seniors – Bryce Alford, Isaac Hamilton and Jerrold Smith – prior to Saturday's tipoff. UCLA's game will be nationally televised on ESPN, with Steve Quis and Sean Farnham on the call and Jill Montgomery serving as the sideline reporter.