mar 04, 2017 | UCLA MEN'S BASKETBALL
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LOS ANGELES – No. 2 UCLA concluded regular-season play with a 77-68 victory over Washington State in front of a sold-out crowd of 13,659 in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday night.
The Bruins (28-3, 15-3) secured their 28th regular-season win to tie the school record for most victories in a regular season (2007-08).
Playing in their final home game in Pauley Pavilion on "Senior Night," Isaac Hamilton had 14 points and Bryce Alford finished with 13. Alford made two three-pointers to tie Jason Kapono's school record for career three-pointers (317).
Alford wasn't the only Bruin to set a record on Saturday. With a career-high 14 assists, freshman Lonzo Ball broke Gary Payton's 30-year-old Pac-12 freshman record for assists. Ball now has 241 assists and counting, moving past Payton's mark of 229, set during the 1986-87 season. Ball also recorded his ninth double-double of the season, scoring 12 points.
Junior Thomas Welsh had his eighth double-double of the season, totaling 13 points and 11 rebounds. Welsh also made his first collegiate three-point field goal attempt
Sophomore Aaron Holiday totaled a team-leading 16 points in the win, connecting on 6 of 9 shots from the field. Holiday rounded out UCLA's list of five double-figure scorers.
Charles Callison led Washington State (13-17, 6-12) with 25 points, scoring 16 in the second half.
"I'm really proud of my guys," UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. "They just battled all year long. We had 28 regular-season wins. It's pretty difficult at a place like this to do something that hasn't been done or to tie something that's been done. Twenty-eight regular-season wins. That's the most ever. This has been a special team already, through the regular season, and I'm awfully proud of them."
The Bruins were playing without starting forward TJ Leaf, who sprained his left ankle early in Wednesday night's win against Washington. Junior forward G.G. Goloman started in Leaf's place and scored seven points, all in the first half.
UCLA led by just one point at the half, 35-34, after the Cougars outscored the Bruins by an 8-0 margin in the final 3:30 of the opening half.
Washington State (13-17, 6-12) rode the momentum in the second half and took the lead, 44-42, with 14:32 to play on a jumper by Josh Hawkinson.
The Bruins were down three, 49-46, at the 11:51 mark but used an 18-2 scoring run over the game's next six minutes to pull ahead, 64-51. Holiday scored eight of his team-leading 16 points to help spark the run for UCLA.
With another sellout crowd on Saturday night, UCLA concluded its regular-season home slate having averaged 11,183 fans per home contest, the program's best single-season home attendance average since the 1995-96 season.
UCLA locked up the No. 3 seed in next week's Pac-12 Tournament, set to take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from March 8-11.
The Bruins have earned a first-round bye and will face the winner of Wednesday evening's USC-Washington game on Thursday, March 9. UCLA's quarterfinal contest on Thursday will begin at approximately 8:30 pm (PT) and will be nationally televised on ESPN.