Saturday, 17 February 2018 15:38

Bruins Host Ducks On Senior Night

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Welsh T SU012718UCLA (18-8, 9-5) will welcome Oregon (17-9, 7-6) for the last home game of the season. Both the Bruins and the Ducks are in need of a victory. Both schools are within the magical number of 20 wins. It appears that 20 victories are a prerequisite for participation in the NCAA Tournament.

The Bruins had to grind out a victory against Oregon State that saw them shooting 39 percent from the field, 19 percent from beyond the three-point arc and went ice cold from the foul line in the second half hitting only 45.8 percent (11-24) after hitting 11-12 from the charity stripe in the first-half.

When the Bruins do that poorly from the line especially from the line it usually ended up in a loss. The Michigan and Stanford games come to mind. UCLA will have to get back on track at the foul line.

What helped the Bruins in victory as they outrebounded the Beavers 51-33 and had 18 boards off the offensive glass against only six for Oregon State. That was the difference between winning and losing.

The Bruins had four players scoring in double figures, including the two vets Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsh, both notching double-doubles.

Holiday served up his second double-double of the season scoring a team-high 17 points and a game-high 10 assists. Welsh added double-double No. 15, scoring 15 points and tallying 17 rebounds, nine of which came off the offensive glass. Prince Ali scored 11 points off the bench and Kris Wilkes added 10.

Oregon is coming off a heartbreaking loss to USC 72-70 that was nip and tuck all night long with the Trojans prevailing.

The last time the Bruins played the Ducks, UCLA started out the game cold as ice and sloppy. The Bruins came out in the second-half and truly made a game of it.

UCLA was getting handled by the Ducks 81-69 with six minutes to play. Then the Bruins went into gear cutting the lead to 88-87 with 1:09 remaining. UCLA’s rally came up short losing to the Ducks, 94-91.

Before the contest, the Bruins will have their annual Fan Appreciation Night and the program will honor their seniors.

The men's basketball program is encouraging fans to arrive by 7:00 PM PST, as seniors; Thomas Welsh, György "G.G." Goloman, Alec Wulff, and Ikenna Okwarabizie will take center stage and be honored for a job well done. The Bruins will also recognize student athletic trainer Kaviyon Sadrolashrafi, student video coordinator Joe Preston and student managers Sam Schmall and Nick Griffin.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:15 PM PST and will be televised nationally on ESPN with Dave Pasch doing the play-by-play and UCLA great Bill Walton analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game locally on AM 570 Josh Lewin and another Bruin great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.

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