Sunday, January 7, 2018

UCLA Wins at Cal, 107-84


BERKELEY, Calif. – Aaron Holiday scored a team-high 21 points and Thomas Welsh registered his team-best 10th double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds as UCLA cruised past California, 107-84, on Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion.

The Bruins made a season-best 17 three-pointers (on 30 attempts), scoring a season-high 107 points in the victory. That marked the first time Cal surrendered at least 100 points since losing at Washington, 109-77, on Feb. 10, 2011.

The Bruins (12-4, 3-1 Pac-12) became the first team to score at least 100 points in Haas Pavilion against California (7-9, 1-2) since Arizona edged the Golden Bears, 107-105, on Feb. 5, 2011.

In addition, UCLA registered its highest single-game point total against California since defeating the Golden Bears in Berkeley, 113-93, on Feb. 27, 1976 (the 113 points scored against Cal that season remains the school record).

On Saturday afternoon, six Bruins finished in double figures. Holiday had his seventh 20-point game of the season, while Welsh tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds while nailing a career-high four three-point shots.

Alex Olesinski scored a career-high 14 shots, converting a four-point play with 10:10 left in the second half that pushed UCLA's cushion from 11 points to 15. Jaylen Hands finished with 11 points and a career-high eight assists. Kris Wilkes had 16 points, totaling a season-high four three-pointers, while Prince Ali added 15 points.

UCLA jumped to a 13-2 lead after the Golden Bears scored the game's first basket. The Bruins pushed ahead in the first half, entering the locker room at halftime with a 54-33 advantage.

California cut UCLA's 21-point halftime cushion to 14 points – at 60-46 – after a 13-6 scoring run to open the half. UCLA responded with 10 of the game's next 14 points, capped by a Holiday layup to push the Bruins' lead back to 20 points (70-50) with 14:27 remaining.

Holiday scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half. He finished the game having made 3 of 5 shots from three-point distance, as UCLA made 9 of 11 three-point baskets in the second half.

In the first half, Olesinski hit his second three-pointer of the game before Ali converted a layup to push UCLA ahead of Cal, 42-19, with 5:27 to go.

Welsh had already recorded a double-double by halftime, totaling 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 11 rebounds. Hands also had nine points in the first half.

UCLA registered its highest single-game percentages of the season – both overall field goal percentage (58.2%) and three-point percentage (56.7%).

UCLA returns home to face Utah in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, Jan. 11. Game time is 8 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game against Utah will be nationally televised by ESPN2.

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