UCLA 77, Long Beach State 63
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[November 24, 2014]
UCLA 77, Long Beach State 63: Norman
Powell recorded 24 points, six rebounds and six steals to lead the host
Bruins past the pesky 49ers.
All five UCLA starters scored in double figures with Bryce Alford
getting 17 points and seven assists, although he struggled going
4-of-15 from the floor, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range.
Freshman Kevon Looney had his third double-double with 10 points and
11 rebounds, while Isaac Hamilton had 12 and Tony Parker added 10
for the Bruins (4-0).
Despite being held scoreless in the first half, Mike Caffey finished
with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor for Long Beach
State (2-3). David Samuels added 11 points and a team-high nine
Trailing 54-40 with 15:04 remaining, the 49ers outscored UCLA 12-2
by holding the Bruins to only Isaac Hamilton's layup over nearly six
minutes and pulled within 56-52. Caffey kept the 49ers close,
scoring six points in a row at one stretch to keep the Bruins in
sight at 66-61 with 3:12 to go, but UCLA answered with Looney's
dunk, Alford's jumper and Parker's tip-in to push the lead to 11
with 1:12 left.
The 49ers led 19-13 on Bradford Jones' layup midway through the
first half, but the Bruins responded with a 15-0 run over a
five-minute span. Alford contributed seven of those points as UCLA
led 28-19 on its way to a 42-31 halftime advantage.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: 49ers G Tyler Lamb played two seasons for the Bruins
before transferring and his ex-teammates held the guard to three
points on 1-of-8 shooting. … Caffey was held scoreless in the first
half going 0-for-3 from the floor but came out firing after
intermission, scoring the 49ers first nine points to pull them
within 46-40. … UCLA Coach Steve Alford turned 50 on Sunday and with
the win is 495-244 as a college head coach, averaging 21 wins in his
first 23 seasons.
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