March 5th, 2017
UCLA finished up their Pac 12 play on Saturday night with a 77-68 win over Washington State at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins sleep walked their way through most of this one but got the job done.
Aaron Holiday led the way for the Bruins with 16 points, and Isaac Hamilton scored 14, as the Bruins made it 9 wins in a row. UCLA went on a 14-0 run over the final 10 minutes to secure the win.
The Bruins played without Freshman TJ Leaf, who sat out with an injured ankle. However, they got another solid performance from their other star freshman. Lonzo Ball scored 12 points to go along with 14 assists. That broke Gary Payton’s freshman assist record in the Pac 12.
Charles Callison led the Cougars with 25 points. Josh Hawkinson had 16 to go along with 14 rebounds. That gave him the school’s all-time rebounding record.
The Cougars were up 47-44, and 51-50 before the Bruins went on their 14-0 run.
It was an emotional night for the Seniors, who were playing their final game at Pauley Pavilion. Both Coach Steve and his son Bryce Alford were particularly emotional.
The Bruins also honored the 1966-1967 team that went 30-0 at halftime. Kareem Abdul-Jabaar was in attendance.
UCLA enters the Pac 12 Tournament as the #3 seed. They’ll play in the quarterfinals on Thursday in Vegas. There’s a good chance the Bruins will have to go through USC, Oregon, and Arizona to win the conference tournament, but doing so would likely make them a #1 seed in the West for the NCAA tournament.