Friday, January 5, 2018

UCLA Falls in Double Overtime at Stanford 107-99


STANFORD, Calif. – Aaron Holiday scored a game-high 31 points, while Kris Wilkes finished with 18 points as the UCLA men's basketball team fell to Stanford in double overtime, 107-99, on Thursday from Maples Pavilion.

This marked the first double overtime game for the Bruins since a 96-93 loss at Washington on Jan. 1, 2016.

Holiday scored at least 30 points for the second time in three games. He totaled 29 of his 31 points after halftime on Thursday evening.

UCLA finished with four players in double figures as Gyorgy "G.G." Goloman ended the game with a career-best 14 points and Prince Ali added 16.

In double overtime, UCLA scored five of the first seven points to take a 99-96 lead with 2:45 to play, but Stanford would score 11-straight points for the victory. Dorian Pickens scored six points during the 11-0 stretch including hitting a 3-pointer with just under two minutes in the period for a 101-99 advantage.

With UCLA trailing 94-91 in the first overtime, Holiday sent the game to double overtime when he hit a three-pointer from the right-wing as time expired. Kezie Okpala had pushed the Cardinal ahead of UCLA by three points with five seconds to play, scoring five consecutive points for Stanford, capped by splitting a pair of free throws (prior to Holiday's game-tying shot).

The Bruins led 74-61 midway thought the second half as Holiday caught fire with 16 points in the first 10 minutes of the period. Stanford concluded the second half scoring 23 of the final 34 points during a nine-minute stretch, helping send the game into overtime. Holiday put the Bruins up 85-82 with 25 seconds to go in regulation with a layup on the left side. Holiday had 22 second-half points, making 8 of 8 shots from the field.

Pickens followed with a three-point basket to tie the game at 85-85, forcing the first overtime session.

UCLA led 41-36 at halftime as UCLA closed the first period on an 11-4 run thanks to five-straight points by Ali in the final two minutes. Wilkes scored 11 of his 18 in the first half, while Goloman added 10 in the opening period.

The Bruins shot 45 percent (35-77) from the floor, including 30 percent (10-33) from behind the arc, while the Cardinal shot 51 percent (38-74) from the field and 43 percent (9-21) from 3-point range.

UCLA will finish its two-game road trip in the Bay Area on Saturday, facing California (7-8, 1-1) in Berkeley, Calif. Game time is 3:30 p.m. (PT) at Haas Pavilion. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

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