Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:03

UCLA To Host CSU-Bakersfield

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Welsh T USC030917Last time out UCLA (5-1) conquered UC Irvine (2-4), 87-63. After a heavy dose of traveling and some controversy, the Bruins will be at home for their next three games.

First up on the docket will be Cal State Bakersfield. The Roadrunners are coached by Rod Barnes, who definitely has the program headed in the right direction. Barnes led Cal State Bakersfield to their first NCAA tournament in 2016. The Roadrunners won 25 games in 2017 and made it to the NIT semifinals. Last season’s 25 wins were the most in a single season since the school started playing D-I.

The probable starters for the Roadrunners are true freshman guard, Jarkel Joiner (6-1, 170). He was named Mississippi’s State Player of the Year. Senior guard Brent Wrap (6-3, 175) has led the WAC in assist-to-turnover ratio the last three seasons. Senior forward Shon Briggs (6-6, 200) led CSU-Bakersfield in scoring against Lamar with 22 points and was on the All-WAC newcomers team a year ago. Junior guard, Rickey Holden (5-10, 170), and senior center Moataz Aly (6-10, 205) round out the starting five for the Roadrunners.

Last time out all five starters scored in double-figures for the Bruins. Junior guard Prince Ali, starting in place of the inured Jaylen Hands, led all scorers with 21 points. Junior point guard, Aaron Holiday contributed 16 points and a game-high seven assists. True frosh guard Kris Wilkes scored 14 points and senior forward Gyorgy Golomon added 12 points.

Senior center, Thomas Welsh, notched his fourth double-double of the season scoring 13 points and grabbing a game-high 13 boards.

Coach Steve Alford hopes to see the continued improvement on the defensive end of the floor. UCLA held UCI shooting 34.4 percent from the field.

Tipoff is scheduled at 7:06 PM PST. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Network J.B. Long handling the play-by-play and UCLA great Don MacLean analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG broadcast the game locally along the AM 570 radio dial with Josh Lewin and Bruin great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.

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