Sunday, February 18, 2018

UCLA beats the Beavs 75-68. Goes to 18-8 overall, 9-5 in the Pac-12.


LOS ANGELES – Aaron Holiday scored 17 points and Thomas Welsh had 15 points and a career-best 17 rebounds as UCLA defeated Oregon State, 75-68, in a Pac-12 game in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night.

UCLA (18-8, 9-5) improved its home record to 13-2 with the victory.

Holiday had his second double-double of the season and his first of the point-assist variety this season.

Welsh netted his 15th double-double of the season in his second-to-final collegiate home game. Welsh, along with fellow seniors Gyorgy GolomanIkenna Okwarabizie and Alec Wulff, will appear in Pauley Pavilion for the final time in their respective careers on Saturday when the Bruins host Oregon at 7:15 p.m. The quartet of UCLA seniors will be honored prior to the game during a "Senior Night" ceremony.

Goloman had eight points and five rebounds against Oregon State (13-12, 5-8) on Thursday night, while Prince Ali scored 11 points off the bench and Kris Wilkes had 10 points.

"I'm really proud of the guys," said Steve Alford, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach. "I really liked the second half. I think we got a little bit out of rhythm because of the missed foul shots, but to get there 37 times is great work. Shooting the three, we were leading the Pac in three-point percentage going in, and our foul shooting has been good. To get a win in the Pac and not shoot the three ball well and not shoot free throws well means we did some really good things defensively."

UCLA led at halftime by a 42-36 margin and pushed ahead in the game's final minutes. An 11-2 scoring run by UCLA put the Bruins on top of Oregon State, 71-60, with 5:20 to play.

Midway through the first half, UCLA had scored five consecutive points to snap a 13-13 tie and lead by an 18-13 margin. The Bruins' ensuing 9-1 scoring run was capped by an Ali dunk, putting UCLA ahead 22-14 with 11:48 left in the first half.

UCLA led by as many as 13 points in the opening half (34-21) but Oregon State responded with a 15-4 scoring run, trimming the Bruins' cushion to just two points (38-36).

The Bruins went up by nine early in the second half, only to see Oregon State score 10 unanswered points to take the lead, 49-48. UCLA quickly regained the lead with six-straight points and used an 11-2 run to take a 71-60 lead.

Oregon State didn't back down in the closing minutes, cutting UCLA's lead to just four points with 49.8 seconds to play after Alfred Hollins was fouled while making a layup. Hollins missed the free throw attempt and after a pair of free throws from Jaylen Hands, Welsh blocked a shot attempt by Stephen Thompson Jr. with 12 seconds left, helping to seal the victory.

UCLA held a strong advantage on the glass against Oregon State, outrebounding the Beavers by a 51-33 tally. UCLA had 18 offensive rebounds that helped to result in 15 second-chance points.
The Bruins will conclude their home schedule this Saturday evening against Oregon. UCLA will host its annual Fan Appreciation and Senior Night. ESPN will televise the game at 7:15 p.m. (PT).

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