Sunday, 03 December 2017 15:14

UCLA Ready For Detroit Mercy

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Holiday A UMThe Bruins (6-1) will welcome Detroit Mercy (4-3) into the hallowed ground which is Pauley Pavilion on Sunday for the second meeting between the two programs.

The first meeting between UCLA and Detroit Mercy isn’t a fond one for Bruin fans. In that first encounter, the Titans stunned the college basketball world by upsetting the highly favored Bruins in the first-round in the NCAA Tournament 56-53. That was March 11, 1999, and the 12th seeded Titans were led by in scoring by now an assistant coach for Detroit Mercy, Jermaine Jackson, who dropped 17 points on the Bruins. It has been a long time since that game in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

Last time out for the Bruins, they were 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. The junior guard leads UCLA is scoring averaging 16.9 points per game and in assists averaging 5.9 assists a game. Holiday’s total of 41 assists leads the Pac-12.

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.

True freshman guard Jaylen Hands returned to action after sitting out a game. Though he was 0-5 from the field, he was the saving grace from the line hitting 7-8 from the charity stripe while adding four assists.

The Bruins have been playing some stingy defense culminating in an outstanding effort against CSU Bakersfield. UCLA limited the Roadrunners to 29.9 percent shooting from the floor. That kind of defense will heal a lot of offensive ills.

Tipoff is scheduled for 6:05 PM PST and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein handling play-by-play and Bruin all-time great Bill Walton analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG broadcast the game over AM 1150 on your radio dial, with Josh Lewin and another Bruin great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.

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