Monday, 04 December 2017 14:45

Bruins Show No Mercy In Victory

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Hands J MercyUCLA (7-1) showed no mercy to Detroit Mercy (4-4) trouncing the Titans, 106-73. The probably played their best game of the season hitting 52 percent from the floor, 44 percent on their three-point shots and 79 percent from the foul line. It’s tough to beat anyone when you are shooting the rock like that.

“I thought it was maybe our most complete game,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “I was really pleased with the 40-minute effort.

“I was really concerned with their 3-point shooting and how much they score the basketball but the way we put two halves defensively like we did was very good for us.

“We were really efficient offensively. Really pleased with that and everybody that played, played well. Those are always fun nights.

“This was a game three of growth week and we have one more game before we have to go on the road, so the next one becomes crucial.”

The Bruins shared the basketball and accounted for 20 assists against only eight turnovers. Gyorgy Golomon led the Bruins with five assists with Prince Ali and Jaylen Hands tied with four each. Ali scored 20 points to with his four assists and Hands had a career-high 23 points off the bench for the Bruins, playing perhaps his best game of his young career.

“I thought he [Hands] was very active and has grown defensively,” Alford said. “That is something that is going to be crucial to our success moving forward. He really gave us a spark when he came into the game. He’s healthy and he’s getting back to 100 percent now and has been practicing very well. I am very pleased with the way he played tonight.

“Right now we are playing really well so his minutes, regardless of whether he is in the starting lineup or not, was at 24 minutes tonight in a lopsided game. If it’s not a lopsided game then its more like 30 minutes. It’s a matter of getting Jaylen’s, Prince’s [Ali] minutes where they need to be with Kris Wilkes and Aaron [Holiday]. We have to find a way to get Aaron some breaks. We’ve talked about it that the last thing I want to do is play Aaron 36-37 minutes.

“In a game like this where he got 28 minutes, we need more games like that where his minutes are down. He will be logging a lot of minutes like Tom [Welsh].

“I thought Ike [Okwarabizie] came in and did some really good thing in both halves. We are starting to trust him and get in there two or three minutes a half to give Tom a blow if for some reason we have to give G.G. [Goloman] and Alex [Olesinski] some more rest. It’s a feeling out process. It’s not so much about who is starting as I am concerned about minutes.”

The Bruins will close this four-game homestand against Montana, Wednesday, Dec. 6. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM PST. The contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

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