LAS VEGAS (AP) — UCLA shut Stanford down well into the second half, appearing as if it would cruise into the next round of the Pac-12 tournament.
UCLA routs Arizona 90-69 to end 3-game skid; Wilkes has 34
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in a long time, UCLA played 40 minutes together. The Bruins shared the ball, defended and didn't let up.
Kris Wilkes led the way with a career-high 34 points, Moses Brown had 11 points and 15 rebounds, and the Bruins routed Arizona 90-69 on Saturday night to snap a three-game skid.
It was UCLA's largest margin of victory between the rivals since a 71-49 win on Feb. 26, 2011, and fifth-biggest in the series that began in 1923.
UCLA edges Notre Dame 65-62 on Wilkes’ 3-pointer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hobbled by leg cramps, Kris Wilkes left the court for several minutes in the second half. He limped away at the end a hero.
Wilkes hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining, lifting UCLA to a 65-62 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night after the Bruins blew a 14-point lead.
Wilkes ran backward, staggered and collapsed in agony as his teammates erupted in celebration near the basket.
Hands helps No. 17 UCLA beat Presbyterian 80-65
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jalen Hill's career night on the boards helped UCLA avoid a big upset.
Hill had 20 rebounds to lead UCLA to an 80-65 win over Presbyterian College on Monday night.
"Of course I knew, I was the one who was going to get them" Hill said of how many rebounds he had. "It was about activity. I do what I do for my team and stay in my role. That's what I did."
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).
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA guard Jaylen Hands has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to school for his sophomore season.
Hands joins guard Kris Wilkes and forward Cody Riley in deciding to forgo the pro ranks for now.
Hands averaged 9.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Bruins last season. The San Diego native started 15 of 31 games in which he appeared.
UCLA extends suspensions of Hill, Riley until end of season
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA has extended the suspensions of freshmen basketball players Jalen Hill and Cody Riley through the end of the season as a result of their admitted shoplifting during the team's trip to China in November.
Athletic director Dan Guerrero and coach Steve Alford announced the decision in a joint statement released Friday. The Bruins left campus on Thursday ahead of their game against No. 7 Kentucky on Saturday in New Orleans.
LaVar Ball says he’s withdrawing suspended son from UCLA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball says he plans to withdraw his son from school because of concerns related to the freshman's indefinite suspension for his participation in a shoplifting incident during the Bruins' trip to China.
The younger Ball, along with freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, have been barred from all team activities as part of their suspension for shoplifting from three high-end stores last month when UCLA opened its season overseas.
3 suspended UCLA basketball players working out on their own
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA's three suspended basketball players are working out on their own while they await a final decision on whether they'll be allowed to play for the Bruins this season.
Coach Steve Alford said Tuesday that he doesn't think "we're talking about months" regarding a timetable to decide the fate of freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, all of whom were detained for shoplifting in China earlier this month.
Signs say it all
President Donald Trump on Thursday morning accepted the appreciation of three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China, offering some fatherly advice while also thanking his Chinese counterpart.
3 UCLA basketball players suspended after theft in China
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three UCLA basketball players detained for shoplifting at three high-end stores in China publicly apologized Wednesday before coach Steve Alford announced they were being suspended indefinitely.
Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley won't be allowed to suit up, practice or travel with the team while the university continues to sort out the circumstances of last week's incident in Hangzhou, China, Alford said during a news conference at Pauley Pavilion.
Trump asks whether UCLA players will thank him for release
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking whether three UCLA basketball players released from detention in China will thank him.
Trump said he raised their case with China's president when he visited Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) in Beijing last week.
Tuesday’s college basketball: UCLA players returning
Los Angeles — Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting are on a plane back to Los Angeles.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday the matter "has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities."
3 UCLA players face punishment at home after China incident
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal.
The Latest: Trump hopeful on return of detained UCLA players
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Asia (all times local):
President Donald Trump says he's hopeful that three American college basketball players detained in China will get to come home soon.
Trump says he had a long conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) about the case. Trump says "they're working on it right now."
AP source: 3 UCLA players stay in China; team returns to US
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The UCLA basketball team is heading back to Los Angeles without three players arrested on shoplifting charges in China, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
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.
Advice for overseas basketball tours: Be aware, respectful
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Washington coach Mike Hopkins has taken multiple teams overseas with USA Basketball, coaching in Olympics, world championships and various events.
Each time a team goes on an international trip, the message is the same: Enjoy yourselves, but realize you're in a foreign country. The laws and culture are not the same as those in the United States, so be aware and respectful.
3 UCLA basketball players could be stuck in China ‘for months’
Three freshmen on the UCLA men's basketball team accused of shoplifting in the Chinese city of Hangzhou could be months away from returning home while the legal process in their case plays out.
Chinese authorities say 3 Americans are under investigation
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are investigating three Americans following media reports that three UCLA freshmen were arrested for shoplifting ahead of their basketball game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Thursday that the case was in the hands of local police.
Lonzo Ball: No word from LiAngelo amid situation in China
BOSTON (AP) — Lonzo Ball says he has not spoken with his younger brother LiAngelo since he and two other UCLA basketball players were reportedly involved in a shoplifting incident Tuesday in China.
"I haven't talked to him yet," Lonzo Ball said Wednesday night after his Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics. "Whenever I talk to him, I'll find out more."
Alford to sit 3 players reportedly involved in shoplifting
BEIJING (AP) — UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford will sit the three players reportedly involved in a shoplifting incident in China for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.
Alford, however, declined to address the issue further.
"The University came out with a statement, so I won't have any further comment on this other than in answering that question — those individuals won't play on Saturday," Alford said Wednesday in Shanghai.
Lonzo Ball’s little brother in the middle of UCLA shoplifting scandal
UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford will sit the three players involved in a shoplifting incident in China for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.
Alford, however, declined to address the issue further.