Saturday, January 30, 2016

UCLA spots Washington 19 points then tries to come back comes up short. Bruins lose to the Huskies 86-84.

By: UCLA Athletics
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LOS ANGELES - UCLA battled back from a 19-point deficit and took the lead with two minutes to play but fell short in the end, losing to Washington, 86-84, in a Pac-12 game on Thursday night.
Andrew Andrews made a pair of free throws for Washington (14-6, 6-2) with 3.4 seconds to play to provide the winning margin for the visiting Huskies.
UCLA’s Bryce Alford scored a game-leading 28 points, making a 3-pointer with 2:04 remaining to give the Bruins their first lead of the game, 82-79. Washington’s Donaven Dorsey answered right back with a 3-pointer of his own, tying the contest with 42 seconds to play.
Alford came back down the court and made a layup to tie the score with 29 seconds left on the clock before Andrews drew a foul by Tony Parker on a shot fake, getting to the free throw line with just 3.4 seconds remaining.
Andrews hit both free throws and a potential game-tying jump shot from Isaac Hamilton was unsuccessful, helping the Huskies stay tied atop the Pac-12 standings with Oregon.
UCLA (12-9, 3-5) finished with four players scoring in double figures. Hamilton totaled 17 points, while Tony Parker registered 16 and Aaron Holiday netted 11.
Washington found itself in foul trouble as the second half continued, as three Huskies fouled out of the contest. UCLA started the half strong with a quick 6-0 scoring run, turning a 51-33 halftime deficit into a 12-point gap. Holiday’s free throw shots at the 9:12 mark cut Washington’s lead to single digits for the first time since early in the opening half.
The Bruins continued to chip away, using an 11-2 run to reduce Washington’s cushion to just one point (74-73) with 4:55 left in the game. Alford had eight points in that scoring run. Minutes later, UCLA used a 7-0 run, five points of which were scored by Alford, to take an 82-79 lead before Andrew helped the Huskies seal the game on the foul line.
Parker, who netted 16 points and nine rebounds, became UCLA’s 53rd player in school history to have scored at least 1,000 career points.
Noah Dickerson led six Washington players in double-figures by scoring 15 points.
The Huskies led for the entire first half and used an 11-0 run to turn a two-point lead into a 13-point 22-9 lead before extending their cushion to 19 points (46-27).
UCLA returns to action against Washington State in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 30. Game time is 4 p.m. (PT).

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

UCLA splits in the Beaver state; Falls at Oregon, 86-72

Aaron Holiday drives to the hoop past Oregon's Chris Boucher (Jack Kang/AP photo)
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By: UCLA Athletics
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EUGENE, Ore. - Aaron Holiday scored a season-high 19 points as the UCLA basketball team dropped an 86-72 decision before 10,525 at Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday.
Holiday and UCLA’s other four starters each scored in double figures. Thomas Welsh finished with 16 points and a team-leading eight rebounds, while Tony Parker had 11 points and Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford each totaled 10.
Oregon’s Dillon Brooks registered a team-leading 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Ducks (16-4, 5-2), who improved to 13-0 this season at home.
Oregon claimed a 41-31 lead against UCLA (12-8, 3-4) by halftime, out-rebounding the visiting Bruins by a 26-20 margin before the intermission. The Ducks won the battle on the boards, 42-32, marking just the fourth time in 20 games this season that UCLA was out-rebounded.
UCLA reduced Oregon's lead to as few as five points, after having trailed by 12, midway through the second half. A three-pointer from Hamilton cut the Ducks’ margin to 63-58, before Oregon used consecutive baskets from Elgin Cook to push its lead to nine (67-58) one minute later.
From that point, the Bruins were never able to reduce Oregon’s cushion to fewer than seven. A three-pointer from Brooks with 6:03 to play gave the Ducks a 70-60 advantage and Jordan Bell’s layup less than 30 seconds later put Oregon ahead, 72-60.
UCLA will return to action at home versus Washington on Thursday, Jan. 28. Game time is 7 p.m. The Bruins’ game on Thursday will be nationally televised on Fox Sports 1.
Game Notes: UCLA opened the second half making 9 of its first 13 shots (69.2 percent) and finished the game having shot 43.5 percent (27-for-62) ... the Bruins made 7 of 14 shots from 3-point range (50.0 percent) ... Oregon finished with 18 offensive rebounds against the Bruins ... UCLA's three starting guards (Aaron Holiday,Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton) combined for 15 assists and just four turnovers.

Friday, January 22, 2016

UCLA Wins at Oregon State, 82-73

By: UCLA Athletics
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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Isaac Hamilton scored a game-leading 25 points to help the UCLA basketball team defeat Oregon State, 82-73, before 5,321 at Gill Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Hamilton, who scored in double figures for the 15th consecutive game, made 10 of 14 shots, including 3 of 6 attempts from 3-point range.
UCLA (12-7, 3-3) had four players score at least 10 points. Bryce Alford finished with 19, Aaron Holiday had 12, and Thomas Welsh registered his eighth double-double with 10 points and a team-leading 12 rebounds.
The Bruins secured their first win at Oregon State since Jan. 13, 2011, snapping a three-game losing streak in Corvallis. UCLA led by a 40-32 margin at halftime and never saw its second-half cushion fall to fewer than three points.
Gary Payton II led Oregon State (11-6, 2-4) with 17 points, connecting on 6 of 12 shots. Tres Tinkle registered 15 points for the Beavers, as the freshman made his first career start.
Nursing a 46-43 lead with 15:17 to play in the second half, UCLA pushed its cushion to six points on a 3-pointer from Holiday before a jump shot from Isaac Hamilton gave the Bruins a 51-43 advantage.
Leading 61-50 with fewer than nine minutes to play, Noah Allen made a steal and found Bryce Alford on the fastbreak for a layup to help UCLA secure a 13-point advantage. From that point, the Bruins maintained a double-digit advantage until the final 30 seconds, when Payton II nailed a 3-pointer at the 21-second mark.
Holiday helped put the game out of reach with 2:20 to play, making a difficult layup in traffic while drawing a foul. He converted the old-fashioned 3-point play to put UCLA ahead of Oregon State, 76-60.
Wednesday’s win helped UCLA even its Pac-12 record at 3-3 with 12 games remaining in the regular-season schedule (all in Pac-12 action).
UCLA returns to the court at Oregon on Saturday, Jan. 23. Game time is 1 p.m. (PT). The Bruins’ game at Matthew Knight Arena will be nationally televised on CBS.

Friday, January 15, 2016

UCLA cannot hang with SC. Trojans on top of Pac-12 table.

Bruins Fall to USC, 89-75
By: UCLA Athletics
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LOS ANGELES - USC snapped UCLA's six-game win streak in the series with an 89-75 victory before 12,993 in Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday night.
Tony Parker scored a season-high 27 points, including 19 in the second half, but the Bruins were out-scored in the first half by a 48-30 margin and never closed the deficit to fewer than nine points in the final five minutes of the second half.
USC (15-3, 4-1) made nine three-point field goals, increasing its conference lead to 154 three-pointers made this season. Jordan McLaughlin was 5 for 8 from beyond the 3-point arc, leading the visiting Trojans with 23 points. Freshman Chimezie Metu scored a career-high 21 points off the bench.
UCLA (11-7, 2-3) used a 7-0 scoring run to take a 17-13 lead in the first half, but USC came right back by scoring 13 unanswered points to reclaim the lead and maintain it the rest of the way.
The Trojans, who led by 18 points at halftime, pushed their margin to 21 points (58-37) at the 17:19 mark.
UCLA used an 11-0 scoring run to reduce the Trojans' cushion to 10 points (58-48) in the game's next four minutes. The Bruins trimmed the lead to single-digits, 78-69, after a Parker dunk with 5:04 to play, but McLaughlin hit a three-pointer, one of his five in the game, just one minute later to regain momentum and increase USC's advantage to 12.
Parker and Isaac Hamilton each recorded double-doubles, with Parker adding 12 rebounds to his 27 points and Hamilton recording 10 points and 10 rebounds, along with a season-high eight assists.
UCLA's Thomas Welsh added 16 points with seven rebounds, and Aaron Holiday scored 11 points.
The Bruins will return to action at Oregon State on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The game will be televised live on ESPNU at 8 p.m. (PT).

In-Focus: Isaac Hamilton Jan 13 2016


Pre-USC match-up: Player interviews Dec 12 2016

Bryce Alford, Isaac Hamilton, Tony Parker 

Pre-USC match-up: Steve Alford Press Conference Jan. 12, 2016

Alford Named Pac-12 Player of the Week

Bryce Alford averaged 21.5 points in UCLA's two wins last week (photo by Don Liebig)
UCLA Athletics
By: UCLA Athletics
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SAN FRANCISCO – UCLA junior guard Bryce Alford has earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career, the conference office announced Monday.
In UCLA’s two home victories last week, Alford registered 21.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. He shot 55.2 percent from the field, making 8 of 16 shots from 3-point range (50.0 percent).
Alford scored a team-leading 25 points in UCLA’s 87-84 win over No. 7 Arizona in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday evening. He nailed a 3-pointer to break an 84-84 tie with 1.8 seconds remaining in the win over the Wildcats. Two days later, Alford finished with 18 points in UCLA’s 81-74 victory against Arizona State. His 3-pointer with 24 seconds to play helped the Bruins extend their lead to 80-74.
Alford, a 6-foot-3 guard hailing from Albuquerque, N.M., currently ranks third in the Pac-12 in scoring (team-leading 17.4 points per game). He ranks first in the league in free throw percentage (87.5), fourth in assists per game (5.1), fifth in 3-pointers made per game (2.2) and seventh in assist-turnover ratio (2.1). Alford and Oregon State’s Gary Payton II are the league’s only players who currently rank in the top five in both scoring and assists.
UCLA improved to 3-2 against top-25 ranked teams last Thursday with an 87-84 win over No. 7 Arizona.
The Bruins (11-6, 2-2) are back in action against USC (14-3, 3-1) in Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Game time is 8 p.m. UCLA’s game against the Trojans will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

UCLA sweeps visiting Arizona schools, dowses Sun Devils, 81-74

UCLA Downs Sun Devils, 81-74
By: UCLA Athletics
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LOS ANGELES - Isaac Hamilton scored 26 points, and the Bruins hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 1:10 to help UCLA outlast Arizona State, 81-74, on Saturday afternoon.
With the game tied at 74-74, freshman Aaron Holiday hit a clutch three-pointer with 1:10 remaining to put UCLA ahead, 77-74. After Arizona State’s Kodi Justice missed a 3-point attempt, Bryce Alford drained a three of his own with 24 seconds left, and the Sun Devils missed on a trio of 3-pointers to close the game.
The Bruins (11-6, 2-2 Pac-12) led by as many as 12 points in the first half before the Sun Devils (10-6, 0-3) rallied to tie the game, 33-33, on a 3-pointer by Tra Holder at the 1:23 mark.
UCLA led by one point, 38-37, at halftime.
Arizona State came out strong in the second half, scoring the first six points to lead, 43-38.
The Bruins secured a 59-58 advantage with 9:06 to play on a 3-pointer by Holiday, before ASU used a 7-3 scoring run to move back up by three points, 65-62.
Hamilton brought the Bruins back with a 3-pointer and a jump shot to go ahead, 67-65, with 5:15 to play. ASU again responded by tying the contest, 68-68, on a 3-pointer by Justice with 4:12 on the clock.
The lead switched hands five more times before Holiday’s game-winning 3-pointer.
Hamilton, with 26 points, led four UCLA players who scored in double figures. Alford added 18 points and four assists, Thomas Welsh had 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and Holiday scored 10 points with five assists.
Tony Parker added nine points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
Holder led Arizona State with 26 points, and Justice added 11.
The Bruins will return to action at home versus USC on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is 8 pm (PT). The Bruins' contest against the Trojans will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

UCLA beats #7 Arizona on Westbrook Night 87-84

UCLA Downs Arizona on Alford's Three
By: UCLA Athletics
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LOS ANGELES - Bryce Alford hit a clutch 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds to play to give UCLA an 87-84 victory over No. 7 Arizona in front of 12,026 fans in Pauley Pavilion.
Alford, who finished with a game-high 25 points, made his game-winning shot almost directly in front of UCLA alumnus and NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook on Russell Westbrook Night.
The victory was UCLA’s third over a Top 20 team this season, having already defeated No. 1 Kentucky and No. 20 Gonzaga. UCLA (10-6, 1-2 in the Pac-12) held off a late rally by Arizona, who went on a 15-2 run to tie the game at 83-83 after being down 81-68.
The Bruins had led by as many as 14 points in the second half, going on a 10-0 run to take a 57-43 lead early in the second half thanks to three-pointers by Alford and Isaac Hamilton. The Bruins kept a double-digit lead until the 3:29 mark, when the Wildcats (13-2, 1-1) began to chip away at the lead with their game-tying run.
Arizona tied the game with 42 seconds to play on a layup and free throw by Kadeem Allen for its 10th unanswered point. On the Bruins’ next possession, Hamilton made one of two free throws to regain the lead, 84-83, and Ryan Anderson made one of two for Arizona to tie again, setting up Alford for his heroics.
The Bruins had led for the first 17 minutes of the first half, leading by as many as eight points (30-22) with six minutes to go in the period before Arizona went on a 12-3 run to claim its first lead, 34-33, at the 2:47 mark on a Parker Jackson-Cartwright three-pointer. UCLA closed the half with a 10-2 run thanks to two baskets byTony Parker and a pair of three-pointers by Alford to take a 43-36 lead into halftime.
Four Bruins scored in double-figures – Alford with 25 and six assists, Aaron Holiday with 15 points and six assists, Parker with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Hamilton with 14 points and six assists. The Bruins made a season-high 11 three-pointers.
UCLA will host Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. (PT) in Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA comes up empty in state of Washington, loses to WSU as well 85-78

Freshman guard Aaron Holiday finishes with 15 points, 3 assists (3 TO's) and 4 rebounds in loss (photo courtesy of AP)
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No. 25 UCLA Downed by Washington State
By: UCLA Athletics
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PULLMAN, Wash. – A season-high 27 points from Isaac Hamilton wasn’t enough as the UCLA basketball team fell at Washington State, 85-78, on Sunday evening at Beasley Coliseum.
Also setting a season-high in field goals made, Hamilton went 12 for 22 from the floor in the loss. Thomas Welsh picked up his sixth double-double and second in as many games, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
UCLA (9-6, 0-2) started efficiently, knocking down 6-of-9 from the floor to begin the game, capped by anIsaac Hamilton wing three at the 14:20 mark to give UCLA a 14-12 lead. The Bruins extended their margin to 20-16, before Washington State countered with a 12-1 run to capture a seven-point advantage at the 6:50 mark in the first half.
The Bruins were unable to recapture the lead for the remainder of the opening period, trailing by four at the break. Hamilton and Holiday combined to shoot 10 for 14, totaling 23 points, in the first half to lead UCLA. Overall, the Bruins shot 47 percent from the field in the opening half.
Washington State (9-5, 1-1) came out red-hot in the second half, converting 13 of 17 shots from the field, including seven consecutive baskets to extend its lead to 13 points at the 7:02 mark.
UCLA remained behind by double-digits until a late 7-1 run brought the Bruins within six points with under 1:30 to play. The Bruins shot 36 percent in the second half.
Josh Hawkinson finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Cougars.
Bruins' freshman guard Aaron Holiday finished in double-digits for UCLA, totaling 15 points.
The Bruins return home to continue Pac-12 play on Thursday, Jan. 7, hosting Arizona in Pauley Pavilion. Game time is 6 p.m. UCLA's game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

UCLA Falls to Washington in Double OT 96-93

By: UCLA Athletics
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SEATTLE - Clutch three-point shooting by Bryce Alford gave UCLA extra life not once but twice, but the magic ended in the second overtime, as Washington claimed victory over the Bruins, 96-93.
Alford, who scored a team-best and season-high 30 points, hit long three-pointers at the end of the second half to send the game into overtime and then did it again at the end of the extra period to send it into double overtime. Alford was one of four Bruins to score in double figures.
Thomas Welsh recorded his second consecutive and fifth double-double of the year with 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Isaac Hamilton had 15 points, and Tony Parker had 11 points with nine rebounds.
UCLA (9-5, 0-1 in the Pac-12) led by as many as 10 points in the first half, taking a 22-12 lead on a second-chance layup by Hamilton after an Alford steal and a 31-21 lead with 3:12 to play in the half on a Welsh jumper.
The Huskies (9-4, 1-0), however, closed the half on a 7-2 run to make it a five-point UCLA lead at the half, 33-28. The Bruins limited Washington to 27% shooting from the field (8-30) in the half and forced 12 turnovers but shot just 32% themselves with 11 turnovers.
Foul trouble plagued UCLA in the second half, as both Welsh and Jonah Bolden picked up their fourth fouls just two and a half minutes into the period. Washington took advantage, claiming the lead, 37-36, on a Matisse Thybulle basket and free throw at 15:58. The Huskies were in the bonus when Alex Olesinski picked up his third foul at 15:36, and the Huskies continued to build their lead to five points, 41-36, to cap an 11-0 run.
Washington ran into foul trouble of its own, with Marquese Chriss fouling out with 10 minutes to play and sending Parker to the line, where he made one free throw to cut the Huskies' lead to three, 49-46. A basket by Alford with 4:37 to play pulled UCLA to within two, 62-60, and a Welsh dunk with 3:03 to play tied the game.
With the game tied again at 64-64 with 1:36 to play, Malik Dime picked up his fifth foul, sending Welsh to the line, where he made one of two shots to reclaim the lead. Washington answered, though, with an alley-oop dunk by Thybulle and a three by Andrew Andrews to lead 69-65 lead with 32 seconds left, but Alford raced back with a three-pointer 10 seconds later to cut the lead to one. After a pair of free throws by Andrews, Alford hit another long three with seven seconds to play to tie at 71-71, and Dejounte Murray's shot at the buzzer fell short, sending the game to overtime.
UCLA and Washington went back and forth in the overtime period, but a three-pointer by Thybulle with 1:32 to play gave the Huskies the lead, and free throws by Andrew Andrews put the Huskies ahead 83-80. But Alford struck again with another three-pointer with 16 seconds left to send the game to a second overtime.
In the second overtime, Washington took control after Andrews made a three-pointer and then a steal and dunk to give the Huskies a five-point lead with 2:05 to play. Hamilton had a chance to tie again with eight seconds left, but his driving layup did not fall, and the Huskies rebounded and made one of two foul shots. The Bruins grabbed the rebound on the missed foul shot, and Alford was fouled before having a chance to make a third tying three-pointer. Alford made the first shot and tried to miss the second, but it fell through, and the Bruins were forced to foul. Andrews made both shots with 0.7 seconds left to clinch the win and close his stat line with a game-high 35 points.
The Bruins will next play at Washington State on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 6:30 pm. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.

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