Turner’s double-double leads Pacers past Bulls 96-90
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers aren't picky or worried about style points.
With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out for an eighth straight game with a sore right knee, the Pacers will take wins, no matter how they come.
Myles Turner matched his season high with 18 points and added 11 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Pacers defeated Chicago 96-90 on Tuesday night and spoiled the debut of new Bulls coach Jim Boylen.
UCLA ends 2-game skid with 80-61 rout of Hawaii
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prince Ali slammed a one-handed dunk over 7-foot Dawson Carper and gave a look in the direction of Lonzo Ball sitting baseline.
Ball, the one-and-done UCLA star now with the Los Angeles Lakers, nodded.
Bogdanovic scores 22 points, Pacers hold off Hawks 97-89
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With All-Star Victor Oladipo out for most of the game, the Pacers relied on a veteran and a rookie to put away the Hawks.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points, hitting a late 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to seal the win, as Indiana beat Atlanta 97-89 on Saturday night.
"Bogey is always aggressive," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. "He's looking to attack. Tonight, in the second half of the fourth quarter, he really made some big shots."
Last season: 21-12, lost to St. Bonaventure in First Four of NCAA Tournament.
Coach: Steve Alford.
Who's gone: Guard Aaron Holiday (NBA), forward G.G. Goloman, center Thomas Welsh (NBA).
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers saw Aaron Holiday as a perfect fit even before Thursday night's NBA Draft.
They liked his scoring potential and his commitment to defense. They were impressed by his basketball wits and his family's athletic successes. And, they figured, he could make a smooth transition from college to the pros by blending into the Pacers' locker room culture.
UCLA’s Jaylen Hands to test NBA draft without agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA guard Jaylen Hands will put his name in the NBA draft without hiring an agent, which would allow the freshman to return to school.
He announced his plans on social media, saying he's excited for feedback on his pro prospects while retaining his college eligibility.
Hands averaged 9.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists, starting 15 of the 31 games he played. He sprained his ankle in practice the week before the Bruins' regular-season finale.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA guard Aaron Holiday says he will forgo his senior year to enter the NBA draft.
The junior from Chatsworth, California, announced his decision Monday on Twitter. He says that he and his family feel it's in his best interest to declare for the June draft. He thanked his family, coaches, school and Bruins fans for their support.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Deandre Ayton was admittedly nervous in his first Pac-12 tournament game, awed by the size of the arena and the spotlight.
More comfortable and familiar with his surroundings, the Bahamian big man dominated his second go-round, sending the Wildcats into the title game for the second straight season.
Ayton scored seven of his 32 points in overtime and grabbed 14 rebounds, lifting No. 15 Arizona to a 78-67 victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals on Friday night.
UCLA beats Stanford 88-77 in Pac-12 quarterfinals
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Aaron Holiday saw the lane open and took it — over and over.
Darting and dashing his way through Stanford's defense, Holiday matched a career high with 34 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds in UCLA's 88-77 victory over Cardinal in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Down to its last regular season game, UCLA needed a win to avoid playing a day early in the Pac-12 tournament and gain a resume-building road victory against a good team.
Aaron Holiday scored 34 points, Kris Wilkes added 22 and UCLA rallied over the final eight minutes to beat Southern California 83-72 on Saturday night and complete a season sweep in the crosstown rivalry.
Holiday scores 29 as UCLA beats Oregon 86-78 in OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA blew a double-digit lead in the second half when its star guard Aaron Holiday left the game in foul trouble. But he came back in time to rescue the Bruins and lead them to an overtime victory.
Holiday scored 29 points and Kris Wilkes added 19 to lead UCLA to an 86-78 overtime victory over the Ducks in a Pac-12 Conference game Saturday night.
Welch, Holiday lead UCLA past Oregon State 75-68
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first time UCLA played Oregon State this season left not just the memory of a double-overtime loss for the Bruins, but getting outrebounded and generally outmuscled.
UCLA coach Steve Alford made it clear prior to Thursday's rematch they would need a much different effort, and the Bruins delivered in a 75-68 victory over the Beavers.
UCLA strengthens NCAA bid with win over No. 13 Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — UCLA had a difficult start to the season when three players were arrested in China on shoplifting charges. The Bruins had a rough stretch early in the Pac-12 schedule while laboring through a series of injuries.
They seem to be turning a corner at just the right time.
UCLA played one of its best all-around games of the season Thursday night, picking up a resume-boosting win by beating No. 13 Arizona 82-74 at one college basketball's most difficult road venues.
UCLA shoots past No. 13 Arizona 82-74
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — UCLA pushed around the Arizona Wildcats on their home court, swarming on defense and attacking on offense.
A win like this, against a ranked team in one of college basketball's toughest venues, could push the Bruins off the NCAA Tournament bubble.
Aaron Holiday scored 17 points, Gyorgy Golomon added a career-high 16 and UCLA shot its way past No. 13 Arizona, 82-74 on Thursday night.
UCLA beats USC 82-79, snapping Trojans’ 6-game win streak
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before the game, the UCLA student section serenaded Thomas Welsh with "Happy Birthday."
The senior was giving the gift, though.
Welsh hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 51 seconds left, lifting the Bruins to an 82-79 victory on Saturday and snapping the Trojans' six-game winning streak.
"That's special when you have a seven-footer who can make threes," UCLA coach Steve Alford said.
UCLA starts strong and finishes strong in win over Stanford
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA's Jaylen Hands was on a breakaway with Kris Wilkes and no Stanford defenders in the area. Hands got creative and took a play out of his high school playbook of fancy, crowd-pleasing moves.
He used a between-the-legs alleyoop pass to Wilkes for a basket.
"I got the rebound, and I saw Kris running and I remember I had a lot of space, so I was like, 'I've got to do something crazy,' " Hands said. "I didn't know what to do and it just came into my head."
Holiday leads UCLA past Cal, 70-57
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coming into Thursday night's game, California and UCLA were both struggling, and only one was going to come out feeling better as the second half of Pac-12 play begins.
Aaron Holiday had 21 points and the Bruins put together a pair of impressive runs to beat Cal 70-57 and snap a three-game losing streak.
"We're going to have to build on that," said UCLA coach Steve Alford.
Pritchard scores 25, Oregon holds off UCLA for 94-91 win
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's strategy in the final seconds was simple: Foul before UCLA could get off a tying 3-pointer and then get the ball into Payton Pritchard's hands.
The Ducks did both to avoid a fourth home loss before their first sellout crowd of the season.
Pritchard scored 25 points, capped by four free throws in the final 6.7 seconds, to help Oregon hold off UCLA for a 94-91 win on Saturday night.
Tres Tinkle has 16 and Oregon State beats UCLA 69-63
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A pair of back-to-back 3-pointers with under three minutes to go boosted the Beavers.
Tres Tinkle had 16 points and Oregon State snapped a two-game losing streak with a 69-63 victory over UCLA on Thursday night.
Stephen Thompson Jr. and Drew Eubanks each added 12 points for the Beavers (11-7, 3-3 Pac-12), who finished with all five starters in double figures.
Holiday leads UCLA over Utah 83-64 to stay atop Pac-12
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Holiday has yet to miss a game in three seasons at UCLA. Starting or coming off the bench, he's been reliable.
Now, he's putting up numbers.
Holiday scored 20 points and UCLA defeated Utah 83-64 on Thursday night to stay atop the Pac-12 standings.
Holiday has been on a roll since league play began nearly two weeks ago, averaging 17.8 points. He also leads the Bruins (13-4, 4-1 Pac-12) in scoring with 19.4 points.
Holiday scores 21 as UCLA tops Cal, 107-84
BERKELEY,Calif. (AP) — After experiencing arguably their most dispiriting loss of the season earlier in the week, UCLA wasn't about to leave anything to chance.
Aaron Holiday scored 21 points and Thomas Walsh scored 19 more as the Bruins jumped out to an early lead on their way to a 107-84 victory over California on Saturday.
The Bruins (12-4, 3-1 Pac-12), who blew a big lead in Thursday's double-overtime loss to Stanford, opened a 13-2 lead to start the game against Cal.
Holiday scores 21 as UCLA tops Cal, 107-84
BERKELEY,Calif. (AP) — Aaron Holiday scored 21 points, Thomas Walsh added 19 more and UCLA defeated California 107-84 on Saturday.
The Bruins (12-4, 3-1 Pac-12) reached a season-high in points, picking up their fifth win in the past six games. They beat California (7-9, 1-2) for a fifth time in seven games.
All five UCLA starters reached double digits in scoring.
Kris Wilkes finished with 16 points, Prince Ali had 15 points and Alex Olesinski had 14.
Pickens scores career-high 26; Stanford beats UCLA in 2OT
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Dorian Pickens scored a career-high 26 points, including a 3-pointer in the final two minutes of the second overtime, to help Stanford surprise UCLA 107-99 in Pac-12 Conference action Thursday night.
Daejon Davis added a season-best 22 points for the Cardinal (7-8, 1-1), who have beaten the Bruins three of the past four meetings at home.
"We haven't won in a while," Davis said. "Now I'm looking forward to more moments like this."
Wilkes scores 21, UCLA beats cold-shooting Huskies 74-53
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a second half to remember for the young Bruins on Sunday night. UCLA runs of 15-0 and 24-1 in the second half to turn a 14-point deficit with 17 minutes to play into a 21-point victory.
Freshman Kris Wilkes scored a career-high 21 points and Aaron Holiday added 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Bruins to a 74-53 win over Washington on Sunday night.
Holiday with 33, UCLA opens Pac-12 96-82 over Washington St
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Holiday took his game to another level Friday night and led UCLA to an impressive opening night Pac 12 game victory.
Holiday scored a career-high 33 points, pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds and had four assists and Jaylen Hands added 19 points to lead UCLA to a 96-82 victory over Washington State. Kris Wilkes scored 14 points and Thomas Welsh scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Bruins (10-3).
LOS ANGELES – For the vast majority of Friday’s Pac-12 opener in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, the Washington State Cougars stuck closely to the victory formula that netted them a few high-quality wins and a tournament trophy in nearby Fullerton almost a month ago.
Holiday, Wilkes, lead UCLA to upset of No. 7 Kentucky, 83-75
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — UCLA guard Aaron Holiday delivered a steadying performance and a clutch finish to a made-for-TV holiday weekend event.
And he did it in the same arena where his brother, Jrue Holiday, plays home games in the NBA — albeit to the disappointment of a decidedly pro-Kentucky crowd.
Holiday capped a 20-point performance with a pivotal driving scoop and two free throws in the final 33 seconds, and UCLA upset No. 7 Kentucky 83-75 on Saturday.
UCLA holds off S Dakota 85-82
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thomas Welsh scored 19 points and Aaron Holiday added 15 to lead UCLA to an 85-82 victory over South Dakota on Tuesday night.
Welsh, who is averaging a double-double this season, made 7 of 14 shots, pulled down 11 rebounds, had four assists and three blocks.
"I got a lot of good looks tonight and I took them," Welsh said.
Jaylen Hands and Gyorgy Goloman scored 12 points apiece and Chris Smith added 10 for the Bruins.
Los Angeles — Detroit Mercy entered Sunday night's game against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion with the nation's fourth-ranked scoring offense (93.7 points per game).
The Bruins quickly proved how statistics don't mean a hoot, dismantling the Titans, 106-73, on their home floor Sunday. UCLA (7-1) came in tied 49th nationally in scoring offense (84 ppg).
UCLA beats CS Bakersfield 75-66 for 6th win in 7 games
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On a poor offensive night, UCLA won with defense that held Cal State Bakersfield to 10-of-39 shooting in the second half.
Aaron Holiday scored 16 points and Thomas Welsh added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Bruins' 75-66 victory Wednesday night.
UCLA (6-1) trailed by nine early in the game before rallying to take a 29-27 lead at the break after scoring its fewest first-half points this season. The Bruins shot 10-of-29 from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
Badgers men’s basketball: Wisconsin falls to No. 23 UCLA 72-70 on last-second shot
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Any talk of how a run of tough losses early in the season might pay dividends down the road was lost on the members of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team Tuesday night.
The Badgers wanted no part of any discussion about long-term benefits following a heartbreaking 72-70 loss to No. 23 UCLA in the consolation game of the Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center.
Holiday’s layup gives No. 23 UCLA 72-70 win over Wisconsin
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Aaron Holiday spent most of the game trying to get his teammates involved, even forcing a couple of passes when UCLA coach Steve Alford reckoned he should have taken the shot.
Well, he took one when it meant the most.
The Bruins' sparkplug guard got a scooping layup to drop just before the final buzzer Tuesday night, capping an impressive one-man show down the stretch and giving No. 23 UCLA a 72-70 victory over Wisconsin in the third-place game of the Hall of Fame Classic.
No. 23 UCLA escapes with 106-101 OT win over Central Ark.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The freshmen who aren't playing for UCLA have been getting all the headlines. Kris Wilkes is starting his career by holding things down in their absence.
Wilkes scored 20 points, including five straight in overtime, and No. 23 UCLA rallied past stubborn Central Arkansas 106-101 on Wednesday night, hours after three of the Bruins' freshmen confessed to shoplifting in China and were indefinitely suspended.
No. 21 UCLA survives to beat Georgia Tech 63-60
SHANGHAI (AP) — Led by freshman Kris Wilkes with 18 points, No. 21 UCLA overcame the loss of three other freshmen who were held out to beat Georgia Tech 63-60 in the teams' season opener on Saturday in China.
Fellow freshman Jaylen Hands added 14 points, Aaron Holiday had 11 and Thomas Welsh had 10 for the Bruins, who used defense in the closing minutes to hold off the Yellow Jackets.
UCLA Preview Capsule
Last season: 31-5, lost to Kentucky in Sweet 16.
Coach: Steve Alford.
Who's gone: G Lonzo Ball, F TJ Leaf, G Isaac Hamilton, G Bryce Alford, F-C Ike Anigbogu.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Center Thomas Welsh and reserve guard Aaron Holiday will return to UCLA after taking their names out of consideration for the NBA draft.
Neither hired an agent while exploring their draft stock. They announced their decisions on Tuesday, a day before the deadline for withdrawing from the draft.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ike Anigbogu has hired an agent, ensuring the freshman won't return to UCLA's basketball team.
The 6-foot-10 forward-center has posted a photo of himself with new agent Jason Glushon on Twitter. Anigbogu had declared for the NBA draft two weeks ago, but didn't immediately sign with an agent, which would have allowed him to return to Westwood.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA starting center Thomas Welsh and top reserve Aaron Holiday have entered their names in the NBA draft, putting the Bruins' lineup for next season in major flux.
A team spokesman said Monday that neither will hire an agent, which would allow them to retain their right to return to school next season. They have until May 24 to withdraw from the draft, which is June 22.
Points well taken: Cincinnati faces UCLA in 2nd round
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — No. 3 seed UCLA (30-4) vs. No. 6 seed Cincinnati (30-5)
Second round, South region; Sacramento, California; approximately 9:40 p.m.
BOTTOM LINE: This could be a good UCLA was the nation's top-scoring team during the season and put up 97 points against Kent State in its opener. The Bearcats shot 62 percent to set a school NCAA Tournament record and scored 75 points in their opening win over Kansas State.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bryce Alford lifted his warmup jersey to wipe his watery eyes. His father and coach, Steve Alford, had tears, too.
The third-ranked Bruins were an emotional mess before the game tipped off on Senior Night. It showed in the early going until they got their act together in the second half to beat Washington State 77-68 on Saturday night for their ninth straight win and a 16-1 finish at home.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Holiday scored 16 points and No. 3 UCLA rallied with a 14-0 run over the final 10 minutes to beat Washington State 77-68 on Saturday night for its ninth straight victory and a 16-1 finish at home.
Isaac Hamilton added 14 points and Thomas Welsh had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins (28-3, 15-3 Pac-12), who played without injured TJ Leaf. He wore a walking boot to protect his sprained left ankle and his No. 22 jersey over a gray hoodie while sitting on the bench.
No. 5 UCLA edges No. 4 Arizona 77-72: Bruins dominate Wildcats on offensive boards
TUCSON AP) — Thomas Welsh scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 5 UCLA dominated the offensive boards to beat No. 4 Arizona 77-72 in a Pac-12 showdown Saturday night.
The Bruins (26-3, 13-3) snapped Arizona’s 21-game home court winning streak and dropped the Wildcats (26-4, 15-2) into a tie with Oregon for first place in the Pac-12 heading into the final week of the regular season. The Ducks hold the tiebreaker by beating Arizona in the teams’ only meeting.
Leaf, No. 5 Bruins hold off Arizona State
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Fifth-ranked UCLA's game plan was to pound the ball inside against Arizona State's smaller lineup, and it worked to perfection.
The Bruins conceded the Sun Devils' 3-point shooting but were too much of a force in the paint, with 6-foot-10 T.J. Leaf leading the way with 25 points in the Bruins' 87-75 victory Thursday night.
No. 10 UCLA rallies to beat No. 5 Oregon 82-79
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nothing was going right for UCLA when the Bruins trailed by 19 points in the first half. They were forced to call time out after Oregon scored 14 points in 5 minutes to start the second half.
Suddenly, the team with one of the nation's most explosive offenses started playing defense.
Brilliant Ball leads No. 11 UCLA past Washington 107-66
SEATTLE (AP) — Lonzo Ball dazzled in a showdown of standout freshmen, finishing with 22 points, Bryce Alford added 21 points and No. 11 UCLA routed Washington 107-66 on Saturday night.
The expected faceoff between Ball and Washington's Markelle Fultz — two of the best freshmen in the country and expected to be among the top picks in the NBA draft — never materialized in the way the sellout crowd hoped. While each had flashes of brilliance, Ball clearly had the better performance.
No. 4 UCLA holds on for narrow 83-82 win at Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lonzo Ball had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds, helping No. 4 UCLA edge Utah 83-82 on Saturday.
The Bruins (18-1, 5-1 Pac-12) overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half despite a poor defensive performance. Aaron Holiday hit a deep 3-pointer with 1:52 left to give UCLA an 81-80 lead and Utah forward Kyle Kuzma missed a contested 3 in the final seconds.
No. 2 UCLA rebounds with a 76-63 victory over Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The second-ranked UCLA Bruins distanced themselves from a disappointing loss to Oregon early this week by rallying against Oregon State.
Lonzo Ball had a career-high 23 points, including four 3-pointers, and the Bruins beat the surprisingly resilient Beavers 76-63 on Friday night.
"The loss was in the past, it's not going to make or break the season," Ball said afterward. "You've just got to shake it off and move forward."
No. 2 UCLA improves to 13-0 heading into Pac-12 opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA knows all its games won't be lopsided. But as long as the wins keep coming, that's what matters most.
The second-ranked Bruins had a tougher time than they might have expected with Western Michigan, but found a way to remain unbeaten Wednesday night with an 82-68 victory at Pauley Pavilion.
"That's been the biggest thing for our team, just finding a way," guard Bryce Alford said. "We didn't shoot well early, but found a way to win."