#16 UCLA Defeats Pacific In Season Opener

#16 UCLA Defeats Pacific In Season Opener


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LOS ANGELES - T.J. Wallace scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the first 20 minutes Friday, but No. 16 UCLA made a single-game record 18 3-pointers, leading to a 119-80 win in Pauley Pavilion in the season opener for both teams. The Bruins have won seven-straight in the series and improve to 7-1 all-time against the Orange and Black.

Pacific (0-1) is now 13-4 in its last 17 season openers and has lost back-to-back season openers for the first time since the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons. 

UCLA (1-0) shot 60.9 percent (42-of-69) from the floor and 60 percent (18-of-30) from deep. The Bruins dished out 29 assists on 42 made baskets and also converted 16-of-21 from the free throw line.

The Tigers did much of their damage from behind the arc, as 10 of the team's 27 made buckets came from distance. Pacific extended its streak of consecutive games with at least one made trey to 886, which is the eighth longest active in NCAA Division I.

Pacific shot 42.4 percent (28-of-66) from the field and made 10-of-24 from 3 for Damon Stoudamire, making his debut as head coach.

"We knew it was going to be a challenge," Stoudamire said. "One team is trying to get better, the other is trying to win a national championship. So we kind of knew what we were up against.

"I don't really get discouraged by this. I don't think we will see another team like this, but if we do, it's going to make us better. Like I said, that's a good team over there, and it's only going to make us better."

Leading by five in the early going, UCLA went on a 16-4 run. The Bruins started the game 7-of-10 from 3-point range, as Lonzo Ball, a top five projected pick in next year's NBA Draft according to several outlets, and Aaron Holiday were a combined 4-of-4, and built a 30-13 edge at the 11:30 mark.

David Taylor and Jack Williams drilled back-to-back treys as part of an 8-0 Pacific run to cut the deficit to single digits at 30-21, but UCLA closed the period on a 33-18 spurt and led 63-39 at intermission.

UCLA shot 58.3 percent (21-of-36) in the first half and blistered the net from deep going 10-of-17. Bryce Alford and Aaron Holiday each made three treys in the period.

The Tigers' highlight of the night was a Wallace one-handed slam in the first half over Bruin 7-footer Thomas Welch. A Williams rebound turned into a breakaway dunk for Wallace at the five-minute mark.

Alford finished with 30 points to lead five Bruins in double figures. T.J. Leaf and Ball each posted a double-double. Leaf tallied 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Ball added 19 points and 11 assists. Holiday and Isaac Hamilton had 18 and 17 points, respectively.  

Wallace led three Tigers in double figures shooting 8-of-15 from the floor. Ray Bowles pumped in 14 points and was 7-of-10 from the charity stripe. Taylor had 11 points and was a perfect 3-of-3 from distance.

Williams came up with eight points. Tonko Vuko pulled down eight boards.

Pacific hosts Green Bay inside the Alex G. Spanos Center Monday at 11 p.m. PT as part of ESPN's ninth annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.