Thursday, 30 November 2017 15:14

Bruins Take Care Of Business

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Holiday A CSUBUCLA (6-1) was able to overcome a cold shooting night to beat Cal State Bakersfield (4-4), 75-66. The Bruins had four players reach double-figures on the night led by Aaron Holiday’s 16 points. Holiday also had a game-high six assists and also added seven rebounds to help the Bruins win.

Thomas Welsh tied down his fifth double-double of the young season scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 boards. Kris Wilkes came to life in the second-half scoring nine of 11 points in the second stanza. Gyorgy Golomon scored 10 points, many came as the finish of a fast-break.

“It was pretty ugly offensively for us tonight,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “We were 2-for-17 from three tonight and the only ones we hit were from our two bigs, so that’s unusual for us. I told the team that we showed growth defensively.

“Coming back from Kansas City that was probably our glaring weakness and that shouldn’t be because we should not be bad defensively. We guarded UC Irvine well and I thought we guarded well again tonight.

“We held them to 29 percent shooting so we did a lot of good things tonight on a day which is by far, in seven games, the worst we’ve played offensively. I have to give Bakersfield credit. They are extremely well coached. I have so much respect for coach [Rod] Barnes and he does just a terrific job.

“It was good to play them because it was the first team where we had to play against pressure. Whether it be pressing or what we call man-oriented defense which is just all up in you.

“We didn’t see that from Creighton, Georgia Tech or Wisconsin. No one else we have played was able to pressure on us like them. We got a lot from this offensively that we will learn from them. But I’m very pleased with the way we play defensively because we won the game because of that and that’s the brightest part.”

It was good to see Jaylen Hands back in action. Though he was 0-5 from the field, he was the saucing grace from the line hitting 7-8 from the charity stripe and added four assists.

The main difference in this game was the Bruins outscored the Roadrunners 44-16 in the paint and 14-2 on the fast-break.

UCLA will remain at home and will host Detroit Mercy Sunday Tipoff is at 6:00 PM PST. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Network. If you want to make a day of it on the Westwood campus, UCLA women's basketball team will host UC Santa Barbara at 1:30 PM PST.

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