UCLA (21-3, 8-3 Pac 12) easily breezed through Washington (9-14, 2-9 Pac 12), winning in convincing fashion, 107-66, notching win No. 21. This is the earliest a Bruin basketball team reached 21 wins since 2007-08. The Bruins secured their second road sweep in conference this season. Not an easy thing to do.
“We shot the ball well,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “We moved it well. We got our assists up again in the 20's. I just thought we played really well. We had a lot of guys play well tonight. I liked how we attacked the zone inside-out. We didn't stand. We had good movement like we normally have against man to man and we shoot the ball so well that I thought we got the looks that we wanted.”
“I thought the big difference was our defense. By far it was our best. I think our efficiency was 81. We had more kills, which is three in a row for us that is something we chart, than we have had all year. I just thought we were active. We got a lot of deflections and that led to open court play which our guys are really good in.”
UCLA was hitting on all cylinders and had incredible balance. Four players scored 20 points or more and three players had five assists. The Bruins shot a sizzling 60.6 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from beyond the three. When the Bruins play the way they did against Washington, they are tough to beat.
Freshman point guard, Lonzo Ball was absolutely phenomenal. Leading the Bruins in scoring with 22, tied for the lead in assists with five and led the Bruins with four steals.
Senior guard, Bryce Alford scored 21 points and had five assists. Freshman forward, TJ Leaf had another double-double, scoring20 points and collecting 10 boards. Sophomore guard, Aaron Holiday, once again, provided a spark off the bench, scoring 20 points and had five assists.
“That can happen every now and again because of the way we share the ball,” Alford said about his team having four players score 20 points or more. “It wasn't like any of those guys got an abundance of shots.”
“They were very efficient because we got good looks. We drove it hard, we posted it when we needed to post it, we made jump shots when we had open jump shots, and we do have a team that has a lot of guys that can make jump shots.”
“When you move the ball and share it and you defend and get the stops that you have to get, you become a hard team to play against and I thought we were tonight.”
The Bruins hope their outstanding play will continue because the horizon is a tough No. 13 Oregon team UCLA will play this coming Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Pauley Pavilion. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00PM PST and the contest will be nationally televised on ESPN.