Sunday, January 28, 2018

UCLA takes care of Stanford at home 89-73

LOS ANGELES – Aaron Holiday scored a team-high 21 points and Kris Wilkes added 18 points to lead UCLA past Stanford, 89-73, in a Pac-12 contest on Saturday night in Pauley Pavilion.
Thomas Welsh logged his 13th double-double of the season, totaling 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Prince Ali scored 16 points to round out UCLA's list of double-figure scorers.
UCLA (15-7, 6-4 Pac-12) led at halftime, 49-36, and never saw its second-half cushion fall to any fewer than 11 points. In fact, the Bruins led Stanford (11-11, 5-4) by 22 points – 71-49 – with 11:50 to play in regulation.
Holiday scored at least 20 points for the seventh time in UCLA's 10 Pac-12 contests. He also had eight assists, pushing his career assist total to 401.
Jaylen Hands had an efficient outing, totaling a career-high 10 assists and committing just one turnover. Hands, a freshman from San Diego, totaled nine points in 29 minutes and made each of his four free throw attempts.
Welsh continued to climb in the Bruins' hallowed record books on Saturday evening. The senior center from nearby Redondo Beach, Calif., moved into the No. 6 slot on UCLA's career rebounds list (907). The former standout at Loyola High School now trails Bill Walton, Lew Alcindor, David Greenwood, Trevor Wilson, Don MacLean and Willie Naulls on UCLA's all-time rebounding list.
Daejon Davis led Stanford with 23 points and 10 assists while Dorian Pickens added 16 points.
UCLA led by as many as 22 points in the second half, thanks to a pair of quick runs. The Bruins scored eight straight points during a scoring run that was highlighted by a Wilkes windmill dunk. That was followed by a 9-5 scoring run, capped by a Wilkes alley-oop layup from Jaylen Hands to put UCLA ahead 71-49 with 11:40 to play.
The Cardinal cut the lead to 74-60 with 6:34 remaining after going on an 11-3 run, but the Bruins were able to hold off the surge with free-throw shooting. UCLA made each of its eight free throws in the final five minutes.
UCLA led 49-36 at halftime, scoring 22 of the final 31 points before the break. The Bruins had a 14-0 scoring run over a stretch of three minutes and 20 seconds. Holiday was responsible for 11 of the 14 points during the run with seven points and two great assists to Alex Olesinski and Thomas Welsh that helped put the Bruins up 38-27 with just under four minutes to play in the period.
The Bruins started the game hot from 3-point range making four shots from long range within the first three minutes to grab a quick 12-4 lead. Stanford battled back with a 9-0 run as Dorian Pickens had five points to give the Cardinal a 15-14 advantage with 13:22 to play in the period.
UCLA will complete its homestand against USC next Saturday, Feb. 3. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is 3 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game against USC will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

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