Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:02

UCLA To Host Central Arkansas

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Celebration 300UCLA (1-0), will put up their No. 18 by the Coaches Poll and No. 21 by the AP ranking on the line when the Bruins welcome Central Arkansas (1-1) on Nell and John Wooden Floor inside the world famous Pauley Pavilion in beautiful Westwood, Calif.

The Bruins are coming off an outstanding victory over an upset-minded Georgia Tech team across the waves in China. UCLA had to overcome some pretty intense adversity in notching the 63-60 victory, which indicates  fortitude with this team

The Bruins had four players score in double figures. Freshman guard, Kris Wilkes led the team in scoring with 18 points and displayed a sweet stroke from beyond the three-point stripe. Another freshman guard, Jaylen Hands added 14 points. Junior guard Aaron Holiday scored 11 points and a team-high seven assists. Senior big, Thomas Welsh, scored 10 points and led the team in rebounding with eight.

The visiting Bears stand with a 1-1 record, losing their opener to No. 24 Baylor (107-66) on Friday, but rebounded with a victory over University of the Ozarks (100-51) on Sunday.

The starting five for the Bears are senior point guard, Jordan Howard (5-11, 180), who scored 24 points, had three assists and three steals in UCA’s win on Sunday. Freshman center Hayden Koval (7-0, 210) scored 12 points, had six boards and four blocked shots. Senior forward Ethan Lee (6-6, 205), junior shooting guard Thatch Unruh (6-5, 190) and sophomore forward Aaron Weidenaar (6-7, 205) round out the starters for the Bears.

Providing points off the bench for Central Arkansas are freshman guard, Deandre Jones (5-11, 160) who scored 10 points in 22 minutes. Senior guard, Mathieu Kamba added 10 points in 12 minutes off the bench.

The tipoff is scheduled for 8:06 PM PST and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with J.B. Long doing the-by-play and UCLA Bruin great Don MacLean analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game on AM 570 in the Los Angeles area with the usual team of Josh Lewin and another all-time Bruin great Tracy Murray in their usual roles.

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