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King's 26 points spark Colorado past UCLA 68-59

LOS ANGELES (AP) Tad Boyle figured what his young players didn't know wouldn't bother them, so the Colorado coach kept quiet about the Buffaloes never winning at Pauley Pavilion.

It worked.

George King scored 26 points and Colorado defeated UCLA 68-59 on Saturday night, dropping the Bruins out of first place in the Pac-12.

It was Colorado's first win in five games at Pauley since joining the Pac-12.

''When our seniors play well and our leaders play well, it makes our freshmen play well,'' Boyle said. ''We are a young team and we're growing. We just have to be more consistent.''

King led the way, making a career-high six 3-pointers for the Buffaloes (11-7, 3-3), who earned their first road win of the season. The team's lone starting senior finished one point short of his career high while grabbing 10 rebounds.

The Buffs start three freshmen along with King and junior Namon Wright.

Thomas Welsh scored 20 points - two off his career best - to lead the Bruins (13-5, 4-2). They shot 37 percent from the floor and were 5 of 25 from 3-point range.

''It's definitely a tough one,'' Welsh said.

King scored eight in a row, including consecutive 3-pointers, to push Colorado's lead to 55-41.

Welsh took over for UCLA, scoring 10 in a row to close to 55-51. The 7-footer made two 3-pointers while teammate Chris Smith missed three free throws. King answered with his sixth 3-pointer and Colorado led 60-51. It was part of a 13-8 run the Buffs used to close out the game.

Most of the other Bruins were no better at the line, where the team was 8 of 18, a statistic surely galling to UCLA coach Steve Alford, who was a top foul shooter at Indiana.

''That was as poor as we've played all year,'' Alford said. ''Our effort was poor and we were flat.''

The Bruins were coming off a 19-point win against Utah on Thursday - Alford called it their best of the season - and a win would have given them sole possession of first place in the league after No. 17 Arizona won earlier.

''We got a lot of young guys doing it for the first time so maybe it's understanding success,'' Alford said.

After falling behind by 17, the Bruins closed the first half with a 12-5 run, including nine in a row, to trail 39-29 at the break. Four different players scored for UCLA, with Aaron Holiday contributing five straight. The Bruins shot 36 percent from the floor and made just 2 of 11 3-pointers in the half.

SHUT DOWN

Holiday came in averaging 19.4 points as UCLA's leading scorer, but he was held to 10 points playing a game-high 40 minutes. ''I have to do more for us to win,'' he said.

WRIGHT STUFF

McKinley Wright IV guarded Holiday at the same time the Colorado freshman was the focus of UCLA's defense. Wright finished with four points - well under his team-leading average of 15.6.

BIG PICTURE

Colorado: The Buffs were 0-6 on the road, but the win got them back to .500. Defensively, they limited UCLA to 37 percent shooting from the floor and forced Holiday - UCLA's best defender - into six of the Bruins' 10 turnovers.

UCLA: The Bruins had their two-game winning streak snapped by losing to a team they had owned since the Buffs joined the league in 2011-12. UCLA is 11-3 all-time against the Buffs, and had won seven of eight coming in.

UP NEXT

Colorado: Hosts Washington State on Thursday.

UCLA: Visits Oregon State on Thursday.

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Key Players
M. Wright IV
A. Holiday
36.8 Min. Per Game 36.8
19.4 Pts. Per Game 19.4
5.3 Ast. Per Game 5.3
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
45.4 Field Goal % 46.9
32.7 Three Point % 40.0
77.8 Free Throw % 79.6
  Defensive rebound by George King 17.0
  Aaron Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
  Defensive rebound by Thomas Welsh 25.0
  Namon Wright missed 2nd of 2 free throws 25.0
  Namon Wright missed 1st of 2 free throws 25.0
  Personal foul on Thomas Welsh 25.0
  Defensive rebound by Namon Wright 26.0
  Gyorgy Goloman missed 3-pt. jump shot 28.0
  Offensive rebound by Gyorgy Goloman 31.0
  Jaylen Hands missed dunk, blocked by George King 33.0
  Offensive rebound by Kris Wilkes 44.0
Team Stats
Points 68 59
Field Goals 22-51 (43.1%) 23-62 (37.1%)
3-Pointers 11-22 (50.0%) 5-25 (20.0%)
Free Throws 13-17 (76.5%) 8-18 (44.4%)
Total Rebounds 33 39
Offensive 4 14
Defensive 25 24
Team 4 1
Assists 17 13
Steals 4 6
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 9 10
Fouls 16 17
Technicals 0 0
26 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Colorado 11-7 392968
home team logo UCLA 13-5293059
Team Stats
away team logoColorado 11-7 74.1 PPG 41.8 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logoUCLA 13-5 83.3 PPG 41.8 RPG 15.0 APG
Key Players
24
G. King G 14.2 PPG 8.3 RPG 1.1 APG 45.8 FG%
40
T. Welsh C 12.9 PPG 10.8 RPG 1.6 APG 48.2 FG%
Top Scorers
G. King G 26 PTS 10 REB 1 AST
T. Welsh C 20 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
43.1 FG% 37.1
50.0 3PT FG% 20.0
76.5 FT% 44.4
Colorado
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
G. King 35 26 10 1 2 3 3 2 7/12 6/10 6/6 1 9
N. Wright 25 9 4 2 0 1 2 1 3/6 1/3 2/4 0 4
T. Bey 30 7 7 3 1 1 0 2 3/7 0/0 1/3 1 6
D. Walton 12 6 1 0 0 0 0 2 3/5 0/0 0/0 1 0
M. Wright IV 30 4 1 7 0 0 2 1 1/8 0/2 2/2 1 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
G. King 35 26 10 1 2 3 3 2 7/12 6/10 6/6 1 9
N. Wright 25 9 4 2 0 1 2 1 3/6 1/3 2/4 0 4
T. Bey 30 7 7 3 1 1 0 2 3/7 0/0 1/3 1 6
D. Walton 12 6 1 0 0 0 0 2 3/5 0/0 0/0 1 0
M. Wright IV 30 4 1 7 0 0 2 1 1/8 0/2 2/2 1 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Brown 17 6 1 2 0 0 1 1 2/6 2/2 0/0 0 1
D. Collier 17 5 1 0 0 0 1 3 1/2 1/2 2/2 0 1
D. Schwartz 14 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 2
L. Nikolic 5 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
L. Siewert 15 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1
J. Repine - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Strating - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Martinka - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 68 29 17 4 5 9 16 22/51 11/22 13/17 4 25
UCLA
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Welsh 36 20 8 1 0 0 0 4 9/10 2/3 0/0 1 7
A. Holiday 40 10 4 4 1 1 6 3 4/13 1/4 1/2 1 3
K. Wilkes 32 10 9 1 0 1 1 1 3/11 1/6 3/3 3 6
G. Goloman 21 6 4 1 1 0 0 4 2/5 0/1 2/2 2 2
P. Ali 21 3 4 2 1 0 1 0 1/7 0/3 1/4 4 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Welsh 36 20 8 1 0 0 0 4 9/10 2/3 0/0 1 7
A. Holiday 40 10 4 4 1 1 6 3 4/13 1/4 1/2 1 3
K. Wilkes 32 10 9 1 0 1 1 1 3/11 1/6 3/3 3 6
G. Goloman 21 6 4 1 1 0 0 4 2/5 0/1 2/2 2 2
P. Ali 21 3 4 2 1 0 1 0 1/7 0/3 1/4 4 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Hands 20 8 2 0 3 0 1 2 3/11 1/6 1/2 0 2
A. Olesinski 16 2 4 1 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/2 3 1
C. Smith 14 0 3 3 0 1 0 2 0/3 0/2 0/3 0 3
A. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Okwarabizie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 59 38 13 6 3 10 17 23/62 5/25 8/18 14 24