MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO #22 UCLA
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Five UCLA players scored in double figures, and the Bruins held a 29-2 advantage in free throw attempts on the way to an 86-50 victory over Sacramento State in a non-conference men's basketball game Monday evening at Pauley Pavilion.
In just the second-ever meeting between the two schools, and first since 2005, UCLA shot 54.5 percent (30-55) from the field, 50.0 percent (6-12) from the 3-point line and 69.0 percent (20-29) from the free throw line. Free throws were an issue all evening as the Bruins were constantly in the bonus while the Hornets never reached the bonus. Junior Alex Tiffin went 1-for-2 from the free throw line for Sacramento State, and that one make was tied for the lowest amount of free throws made in school single-game history.
The Bruins, who are ranked 22nd in the AP top 25 poll, and 24th in the USA Today Coaches poll, outscored the Hornets, 36-23 in the first half, and 50-27 in the second half. UCLA also held healthy advantages in points in the paint (42-20) and points off turnovers (22-7).
With the loss, Sacramento State dropped to 1-2 on the young season, and 0-2 on the team's current three-game road trip. The Hornets were playing their first ranked opponent since a loss to 10th-ranked Marquette on Dec. 15, 2007. UCLA improved its record to 3-0.
The Hornets took their lone lead of the game at 10-9 on a three-pointer from Dylan Garrity with 13:10 left in the first half, and later tied the score at 12-12 on a Mikh McKinney jumper. However, the Bruins closed the final 12:19 of the first half on a 24-11 run, and during the final 32:19 of the game, outscored Sacramento State by a 74-38 margin.
After the Hornets tied the score at 12-12, the whistles came out in full force, as UCLA was sent to the free throw line 14 times during the final 11:10 of the first half to help the Bruins take a 13-point lead into halftime. Sacramento State would get no closer than the 13-point deficit the remainder of the evening.
Of Sacramento State's 62 field goal attempts, 30 came from beyond the three-point line where the Hornets converted on just 7-of-30 chances (.233). Overall, the Hornets shot 33.9 percent (21-62) from the floor. Garrity went 6-for-12 from the three-point line while the rest of the team went 1-for-18.
Garrity was the lone Hornet in double figures as he scored 18 points in 36 minutes. Tiffin finished with nine points, four rebounds and a team-high two steals, and McKinney added seven points and four assists. True freshman center Eric Stuteville got the start tonight in place of Joey Quigley, who missed the game with a groin injury. Stuteville finished with four points and two rebounds before fouling out in 15 minutes of play. Junior Jordan Salley had six points (3-for-3 shooting), and sophomore Cody Demps tallied five rebounds, three assists and a steal in a game-high 38 minutes.
All 14 players on Sacramento State's roster played tonight, including freshman point guard Trevis Jackson (three minutes), who originally was going to redshirt the season.
For UCLA, five players scored in double figures, comprised of Jordan Adams (21 points, eight steals), Zach LaVine (14 points, seven rebounds), Norman Powell (14 points), David Wear (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Tony Parker (10 points, four rebounds). The Bruins outrebounded the Hornets, 40-29, and had 16 steals.
The Hornets will finish the road trip next week at UC Davis on Nov. 26.
NOTES -- Tonight marked the 13th time the Hornets have played a ranked opponent since joining the Div. I ranks in 1991-92, and are now 0-13 in those games…all 14 Sacramento State players received at least three minutes of playing time in tonight's game.