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SHANGHAI, China – Kris Wilkes scored a team-high 18 points, while Jaylen Hands tallied 14 points as the No. 18 UCLA men's basketball team earned a 63-60 win over Georgia Tech in the 2017 Pac-12 China Game from Baoshan Arena.
Wilkes shot 6-of-12 from the floor, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, in his first regular-season collegiate game. Aaron Holidayrecorded 11 points, scoring 10 in the second half, and Thomas Welsh registered 10 points and a team-best eight rebounds.
Georgia Tech's Ben Lammers led all scorers with 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting with 10 rebounds, while Jose Alvardo had 12 points and Brandon Alston added 10.
UCLA led by as many as 11 points in the second half as the Bruins went on an 11-0 run over a six-minute stretch to make the score 48-37 started by four points by Wilkes and ended with Holiday finishing a three-point play with 11:02 remaining in the game.
Georgia Tech reduced UCLA's cushion to just three points with less than five minutes in regulation, but Holiday scored seven of UCLA's final eight points to secure the opening-game victory.
UCLA held a 35-32 lead at halftime as Wilkes scored 14 of his 18 points in the opening period. The freshman hit three of his four 3-pointers in the first period and helped the Bruins on a 7-0 run late in the half with a triple and a dunk.
The Bruins finished the game shooting 41 percent (22-54) while holding Georgia Tech to just 34 percent (20-58) from the floor. UCLA outrebounded the Yellow Jackets, 36-36, and held a 6-5 lead in blocked shots.
UCLA will return to Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday, hosting Central Arkansas in the regular-season home opener. Game time is 8 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
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