Friday, 24 February 2017 16:23

Bruins Exorcise Sun Devils, 87-75

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LEAF TJ ASU022317UCLA (25-3, 12-3 Pac 12) was able to extend their winning streak to six games by upending an inspired ASU (13-16, 6-10 Pac 12) team, 87-75, setting up a huge contest with first place Arizona (26-3, 15-1 Pac 12), in a quick turn around, on Saturday Feb. 25.

The Bruins were able to get the job done on a night when their shots that usually drop, weren’t falling. Still, the Bruins had four players reach double figures and had their usual excellent ball movement. As a team, UCLA had 26 assists, against only 13 turnovers.

UCLA was able to use their height edge to out rebound ASU 49 to 30, and 17 to 10 of the offensive glass which led to UCLA scoring 31 second chance points to seven for ASU. The Bruins scored 51 points in the paint opposed to 22 for the Sun Devils.

Freshman forward, TJ Leaf led the Bruins in scoring with 25 points and was just shy of a double-double claiming nine boards. Senior guard, Bryce Alford, shook off a slow start but ended up scoring 15 points and tied for the team lead in assists with six.

UCLA’s bench received their usual lift from sophomore guard, Aaron Holiday, who scored 17 points and tied Alford with team high six assists. Freshman big, Ike Anigbogu had an outstanding game off the bench scoring 12 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

Good players do what it takes to help their team win. Freshman sensation point guard Lonzo Ball and junior center Thomas Welsh are good players. Ball didn’t shoot the ball much, but still helped the Bruins win, tying with Welsh for a team high 11 rebounds.

Ball added five assists, two steals and one blocked shot. Welsh had eight points, three assists and one blocked shots.

The Bruins are heading down south on the 10 to Tucson for a gigantic game against No. 4 Arizona, tipoff is scheduled for 5:15PM PST at the McKale Center. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN. Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas calling the action with Maria Taylor serving as the court side reporter.

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