Tuesday, November 24, 2015

UCLA knocks off UNLV, will face Kansas in Maui semis


It's a battle of college basketball bluebloods in the bottom half of the Maui Invitational championship bracket, as UCLA, a 77-75 winner over UNLV in Monday's tournament finale, will face Kansas, a 123-72 winner over Chaminade, in a semifinal at 9 p.m. central time Tuesday night.

Center Thomas Welsh and guard Bryce Alford, the son of UCLA coach Steve Alford, helped lead the Bruins (3-1) past the Runnin' Rebels.

UCLA shot 46 percent from the floor in the win and held UNLV to 41 percent shooting. The Bruins also out-rebounded the Rebels, 37-34, and won despite committing 19 turnovers while forcing 16.

UCLA played nine players but got just 10 points from its bench in Monday's victory.

Guard Aaron Holiday added 18 points in 32 minutes for UCLA, which got 58 of its 77 points from three players.

A pair of former KU assistant coaches will wage war in Tuesday's other semifinal, as Kevin Stallings leads Vanderbilt against the Danny Manning-led Wake Forest Demon Deacons.


Kristen Downing 5 years, 1 month ago

Hope Self has them ready to play against the zone. UCLA used that several times and it changed the flow of the game. Alford's kid is one of those "smart" guards who knows how to draw fouls. He leans into players all the time. Also, I'm not going to use the word dirty, but they play very aggressive. Very similar to their head coach's style of play.

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