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No. 2 UCLA cruises over UC Santa Barbara

LOS ANGELES (AP) Two freshmen almost managed something in one game that's been accomplished only four times in UCLA's storied history - a triple-double.

Forward T.J. Leaf and guard Lonzo Ball each finished only a few assists shy of a triple-double in No. 2 UCLA's dominating 102-62 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday night.

Leaf finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Ball had 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

UCLA coach Steve Alford took both players out with several minutes still to play, uninterested in individual accomplishments.

''It all centers around our guys being unselfish,'' Alford said. ''I'm not going to leave our guys in for something like that in a 40-point game.''

UCLA (11-0) scored at least 100 points for the fifth time this season.

The Gauchos outrebounded the Bruins 50-46, but UCLA held Santa Barbara to 30.1 percent shooting (25 of 83).

''We let the boards get away from us in the second half (34-23), but we did have 10 blocks,'' Alford said.

Ami Lakoju had 12 rebounds and 11 points, and Gabe Vincent added 10 points for the Gauchos (1-7).

Santa Barbara struggled to find consistency against the Bruins, shooting just 25 percent (13 of 52) in the second half.

Gauchos coach Bob Williams was left almost in awe of the Bruins' effort.

''They are incredibly gifted, very long and they shoot really well,'' Williams said. ''They really run effortlessly and they're playing and making the game easy. They pass and move and cut hard.

''At times out there, they have five guys who can shoot the 3. Their length is something you don't see at our level.''

Leaf and Ball said they were both unconcerned at just missing a triple-double.

''We really didn't notice it,'' Leaf said. ''We're trying to play unselfish basketball, and we were able to do that tonight.''

Five Bruins scored in double figures. Aaron Holiday had 20 points, Bryce Alford added 15 and Isaac Hamilton had 13 (all in the first half).

The Bruins played their second consecutive game without starting center Thomas Welch, who is out with a bruised right heel.

BIG PICTURE

UC Santa Barbara: The Bruins were the highest-ranked team the Gauchos have faced since meeting No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 21, 2008. The Tar Heels won 84-67.

UCLA: Coming off Saturday's 102-84 victory over Michigan, the Bruins were ripe for a letdown but had too much talent to ever be in trouble against Santa Barbara.

STAR WATCH

Holiday, who lost his starting spot with the arrival of Ball, continued his torrid scoring pace off the bench. He is averaging 13.9 points per game. Alford said Holiday had been disappointed in his 73 percent free throw shooting and had been spending extra time on it.

''I was just concentrating,'' Holiday said. ''Nine of nine? That's pretty good.''

TURNING POINT

The Bruins trailed once, slipping behind 12-11. They responded with a 17-0 run - all but three points scored by Leaf.

TRIPLE-DOUBLES

The four triple-doubles in the UCLA record book belong to Kyle Anderson (2013), Toby Bailey (1995), Jelani McCoy (1995) and Bill Walton (1973). The assist became an official NCAA stat in 1983-84.

POLL IMPLICTIONS

The Bruins looked very much the No. 2 team in the country, the spot they have held since upsetting then-No. 1 Kentucky on Dec. 3.

UP NEXT

UC Santa Barbara: The Gauchos meet Iona on Wednesday in Las Vegas in the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic.

UCLA: The Bruins meet Ohio State on Saturday in Las Vegas as part of the CBS Sports Classic. The Buckeyes will have been off a week.

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Key Players
E. Childress
L. Ball
34.2 Min. Per Game 34.2
15.0 Pts. Per Game 15.0
8.8 Ast. Per Game 8.8
5.2 Reb. Per Game 5.2
38.2 Field Goal % 55.4
36.8 Three Point % 45.8
50.0 Free Throw % 66.7
  Defensive rebound by UCLA 4:58
  Ami Lakoju missed layup 5:00
  Defensive rebound by Ikenna Okwarabizie 17.0
  J.D. Slajchert missed layup 19.0
  Defensive rebound by Tide Osifeso 28.0
  Alec Wulff missed 3-pt. jump shot 30.0
  Offensive foul turnover on J.D. Slajchert 38.0
  Offensive rebound by J.D. Slajchert 56.0
  Jarriesse Blackmon missed jump shot 58.0
+ 2 Aaron Holiday made jump shot, assist by Jerrold Smith 1:17
+ 3 Sam Walters made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Christian Terrell 1:34
Team Stats
Points 62 102
Field Goals 25-83 (30.1%) 39-71 (54.9%)
3-Pointers 5-20 (25.0%) 11-34 (32.4%)
Free Throws 7-13 (53.8%) 13-16 (81.3%)
Total Rebounds 50 46
Offensive 21 8
Defensive 26 33
Team 3 5
Assists 9 27
Steals 6 10
Blocks 0 10
Turnovers 13 8
Fouls 20 11
Technicals 0 0
11 PTS, 12 REB
25 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST
12T
away team logo Santa Barbara 1-7 303262
home team logo 2 UCLA 11-0 5448102
Team Stats
away team logo Santa Barbara 1-7 73.1 PPG 41.1 RPG 13.8 APG
home team logo 2 UCLA 11-0 78.0 PPG 44.3 RPG 14.8 APG
Key Players
14
A. Lakoju F 2.6 PPG 2.0 RPG 0.2 APG 54.3 FG%
00
T. Leaf F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
A. Lakoju F 11 PTS 12 REB 0 AST
T. Leaf F 25 PTS 10 REB 8 AST
30.1 FG% 54.9
25.0 3PT FG% 32.4
53.8 FT% 81.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Lakoju 11 12 0 5/14 0/0 1/2 2 25 0 0 0 5 7
G. Vincent 10 2 1 3/18 2/9 2/2 4 33 1 0 3 1 1
J. Canty 9 7 1 4/10 0/0 1/4 3 22 0 0 1 4 3
M. Heidegger 9 4 1 4/10 1/4 0/0 0 22 0 0 2 3 1
E. Childress 7 1 3 3/9 1/4 0/0 4 29 2 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Lakoju 11 12 0 5/14 0/0 1/2 2 25 0 0 0 5 7
G. Vincent 10 2 1 3/18 2/9 2/2 4 33 1 0 3 1 1
J. Canty 9 7 1 4/10 0/0 1/4 3 22 0 0 1 4 3
M. Heidegger 9 4 1 4/10 1/4 0/0 0 22 0 0 2 3 1
E. Childress 7 1 3 3/9 1/4 0/0 4 29 2 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Powell Jr. 8 2 0 3/7 0/0 2/4 2 11 0 0 2 1 1
S. Walters 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
C. Terrell 3 7 3 1/5 0/2 1/1 2 20 2 0 0 4 3
A. Hart 2 5 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 13 0 0 2 1 4
T. Osifeso 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
J. Slajchert 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0
J. Blackmon 0 2 0 0/4 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 2
M. Kupchak 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 12 1 0 0 1 2
F. White 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
T. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Pickles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 47 9 25/83 5/20 7/13 20 200 6 0 13 21 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Leaf 25 10 8 11/17 3/4 0/1 1 30 1 2 1 5 5
B. Alford 15 2 2 5/12 3/10 2/3 1 29 1 0 0 0 2
I. Hamilton 13 1 1 6/15 1/9 0/0 2 31 2 0 2 0 1
L. Ball 13 10 7 5/10 3/6 0/0 1 33 0 0 1 2 8
G. Goloman 7 7 1 3/3 0/0 1/2 2 23 1 3 1 1 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Leaf 25 10 8 11/17 3/4 0/1 1 30 1 2 1 5 5
B. Alford 15 2 2 5/12 3/10 2/3 1 29 1 0 0 0 2
I. Hamilton 13 1 1 6/15 1/9 0/0 2 31 2 0 2 0 1
L. Ball 13 10 7 5/10 3/6 0/0 1 33 0 0 1 2 8
G. Goloman 7 7 1 3/3 0/0 1/2 2 23 1 3 1 1 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Holiday 20 3 6 5/8 1/4 9/9 1 29 4 1 2 0 3
I. Anigbogu 9 7 1 4/5 0/0 1/1 3 18 0 4 1 0 7
A. Wulff 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
I. Okwarabizie 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
J. Smith 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
T. Welsh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Ali - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Olesinski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 102 41 27 39/71 11/34 13/16 11 200 10 10 8 8 33