Saturday, 11 November 2017 14:01

Bruins Win Opener 63-60

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Welsh T USC030917After a rough start to their trip to China, UCLA (1-0), a team that is ranked 18th by the Coaches Poll and 21st by the AP nationally, was able to overcome losing three players due to an off-field incident and a late charge by Georgia Tech (0-1) to secure their first victory of season, 63-60.

The Bruins went on an 11-0 run with 11:02 left in the second-half and were leading 48-37. UCLA looked to be cruising to their first win, but the Bruins went cold and didn’t hit a field goal for the last 2:59 left when junior point guard Aaron Holiday hit a layup, but able to still hang on to take home the victory.

Freshman guard Chris Wilkes led the Bruins in scoring with 18 points. Fellow freshman guard, Jaylen Hands added 14 points. Junior point guard, Aaron Holiday scored 11 points and had a game-high seven assists. Senior center Thomas Welsh scored 10 points, had a team-high eight rebounds, blocked three shots and had two steals in a well-rounded game.

Senior forward G.G. Golomon did a lot of things that don’t come up in a stat line, but did score four points and contributed six boards. Sophomore guard Prince Ali and sophomore forward Alec Olesinski returned to action after sitting out last season due to injuries. Ali had two assists, two boards, one steal and one point in 20 minutes of play. Olesinski scored five points, two rebounds and one blocked shot while playing 14 minutes

Georgia Tech senior center Ben Lammers led all scorers with 24 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds.

UCLA comes home with the victory and will return to action in the friendly confines of Pauley Pavilion, Wednesday, November 15 when the Bruins will welcome Central Arkansas with the tip scheduled for 8:00 PM PST and will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

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