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No. 2 UCLA improves to 13-0 heading into Pac-12 opener

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA knows all its games won't be lopsided. But as long as the wins keep coming, that's what matters most.

The second-ranked Bruins had a tougher time than they might have expected with Western Michigan, but found a way to remain unbeaten Wednesday night with an 82-68 victory at Pauley Pavilion.

''That's been the biggest thing for our team, just finding a way,'' guard Bryce Alford said. ''We didn't shoot well early, but found a way to win.''

The victory completed a perfect ''preseason'' for the Bruins (13-0). The last time they went unbeaten before conference play was also the last time they won the NCAA title (1994-95).

Alford led the Bruins with 22 points, while reserve Aaron Holiday added 16 points and seven assists. TJ Leaf had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Western Michigan (3-8) was led by Thomas Wilder's 22 points. Tucker Haymond scored 16 and Reggie Jones had 12.

The Broncos jumped out to a 7-1 lead. And even after UCLA regrouped to lead by 12 at the break, Western Michigan scored the first eight points of the second half.

''We played with a lot of confidence,'' said Wilder, who went over 1,000 career points. ''We were not scared at all. As a team we were not nervous playing here at Pauley Pavilion.''

The Bruins entered as one of the nation's best 3-point shooting teams (43.9 percent), but were only 6 of 22 from the 3-point line against the Broncos and turned the ball over 15 times.

''And we still won by 14 points,'' coach Steve Alford said. ''That's a good sign.''

UCLA's defense tightened when it had to, forcing 18 Western Michigan turnovers and coming up with nine blocked shots.

The Bruins also finished with 22 assists.

''I felt they really grinded it out,'' Steve Alford said. ''It's not always going to be 25-point games. I thought we did some real good things.''

The Broncos made only five 3-pointers and had just nine assists.

''They are so talented,'' Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins said. ''They are a 10-run team just waiting to happen.''

BIG PICTURE

Western Michigan: The Broncos are still searching for their first win on the road, having started 0-4 away from home. They are 3-4 at Western Michigan.

UCLA: The Bruins entered ranked first in field goal percentage (55.4) and assists per game (23.8), and second in points per game (96.9), 3-point percentage (43.9) and assists-to-turnover rate (1.95).

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Bruins figure to remain at No. 2 through the holidays. Three other ranked teams await them in Pac-12 Conference play (No. 18 Arizona, No. 20 Oregon, No. 23 USC).

WELCH STILL OUT

UCLA starting center Thomas Welch (11.6 points, 9.6 rebounds per game) missed his fourth consecutive game with a bruised right knee. The Bruins expect to have him back for their next game in the conference opener against Oregon.

BRUIN REUNION

Larry Farmer, a former UCLA player, assistant coach and head coach, returned to Pauley Pavilion as an assistant coach for Western Michigan. It was his first time back since a memorial service for John Wooden in 2010.

PLAYING THEM TOUGH

Western Michigan has given solid efforts against the top two teams in the country. In addition to losing to UCLA by 14, they also lost to No. 1 Villanova by 11.

PLAY OF THE GAME

The Broncos were still within eight (69-61) when Holiday burst down the middle and slammed down a monstrous dunk. ''I'm always in attack mode,'' Holiday said. ''I made a move and then just went to finish.''

UP NEXT

Western Michigan is off for a week before returning home to host winless Alabama A&M on Dec. 29.

UCLA opens its Pac-12 Conference schedule next Wednesday at No. 20 Oregon.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by UCLA  
19:49   Lost ball turnover on Bryce Alford  
19:26 +3 Thomas Wilder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Reggie Jones 3-0
19:10   Lost ball turnover on Bryce Alford  
19:05 +2 Thomas Wilder made layup, assist by Reggie Jones 5-0
18:45   Shooting foul on Drake Lamont  
18:45   Gyorgy Goloman missed 1st of 2 free throws  
18:45 +1 Gyorgy Goloman made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-1
18:26 +2 Tucker Haymond made layup 7-1
18:14   Personal foul on Reggie Jones  
18:10 +2 Lonzo Ball made layup, assist by Gyorgy Goloman 7-3
17:53   Bad pass turnover on Reggie Jones  
17:48 +2 Gyorgy Goloman made dunk, assist by Isaac Hamilton 7-5
17:24   Brandon Johnson missed jump shot  
17:22   Offensive rebound by Tucker Haymond  
17:22   Tucker Haymond missed jump shot, blocked by Gyorgy Goloman  
17:20   Offensive rebound by Western Michigan  
17:19   Bad pass turnover on Brandon Johnson  
17:12 +2 Bryce Alford made layup 7-7
17:10   Offensive foul turnover on Brandon Johnson  
17:07   Personal foul on Tucker Haymond  
17:03 +2 TJ Leaf made jump shot 7-9
16:49 +2 Drake Lamont made hook shot, assist by Thomas Wilder 9-9
16:42 +3 Bryce Alford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lonzo Ball 9-12
16:30 +2 Thomas Wilder made layup 11-12
16:17   Lost ball turnover on Isaac Hamilton  
16:13 +2 Tucker Haymond made layup, assist by Thomas Wilder 13-12
15:52 +2 Isaac Hamilton made jump shot, assist by Gyorgy Goloman 13-14
15:37   Reggie Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:35   Defensive rebound by Gyorgy Goloman  
15:35   Personal foul on Drake Lamont  
15:35   Commercial timeout called  
15:20 +3 TJ Leaf made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Isaac Hamilton 13-17
15:02 +2 Tucker Haymond made layup, assist by Seth Dugan 15-17
14:41   Bryce Alford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:39   Offensive rebound by Gyorgy Goloman  
14:34   Lost ball turnover on Isaac Hamilton  
14:27   Tucker Haymond missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:25   Defensive rebound by Isaac Hamilton  
14:19   TJ Leaf missed jump shot  
14:17   Defensive rebound by Seth Dugan  
14:15   Personal foul on Gyorgy Goloman  
13:58   Thomas Wilder missed jump shot  
13:56   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
13:52   Aaron Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:50   Offensive rebound by Lonzo Ball  
13:45   Bryce Alford missed layup  
13:43   Defensive rebound by Brandon Johnson  
13:29   Brandon Johnson missed jump shot  
13:27   Defensive rebound by Ike Anigbogu  
13:15   Offensive foul turnover on Aaron Holiday  
12:48   Thomas Wilder missed jump shot  
12:46   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
12:41   Lost ball turnover on Bryce Alford  
12:28 +3 Bryce Moore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Davis 18-17
12:10   Ike Anigbogu missed jump shot  
12:08   Defensive rebound by Thomas Wilder  
12:03   Personal foul on Aaron Holiday  
12:00 +3 Thomas Wilder made 3-pt. jump shot 21-17
11:47   Lonzo Ball missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:45   Offensive rebound by Isaac Hamilton  
11:36   Ike Anigbogu missed layup  
11:34   Defensive rebound by Josh Davis  
11:28   Josh Davis missed layup, blocked by Lonzo Ball  
11:26   Offensive rebound by Western Michigan  
11:24   Commercial timeout called  
11:23   Personal foul on Lonzo Ball  
11:14   Bryce Moore missed jump shot  
11:12   Offensive rebound by Adida Ikongshul  
11:10   Personal foul on TJ Leaf  
11:01   Josh Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:59   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
10:53   Lonzo Ball missed layup  
10:51   Defensive rebound by Adida Ikongshul  
10:36   Jarrin Randall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:34   Offensive rebound by Adida Ikongshul  
10:22   Adida Ikongshul missed layup, blocked by Ike Anigbogu  
10:20   Defensive rebound by Lonzo Ball  
10:15 +2 Isaac Hamilton made layup 21-19
9:58   Bryce Moore missed jump shot  
9:56   Defensive rebound by Isaac Hamilton  
9:48   TJ Leaf missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:46   Defensive rebound by Josh Davis  
9:30   Bad pass turnover on Seth Dugan  
9:27   Lost ball turnover on Isaac Hamilton  
9:07   Tucker Haymond missed jump shot  
9:05   Offensive rebound by Tucker Haymond  
8:55   Offensive foul on Brandon Johnson  
8:55   Offensive foul turnover on Brandon Johnson  
8:41   Isaac Hamilton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:39   Defensive rebound by Seth Dugan  
8:26   Offensive foul on Thomas Wilder  
8:26   Offensive foul turnover on Thomas Wilder  
8:07   Out of bounds turnover on Aaron Holiday  
7:55   Bad pass turnover on Brandon Johnson  
7:49 +2 Ike Anigbogu made dunk, assist by Aaron Holiday 21-21
7:35   Bad pass turnover on Tucker Haymond  
7:35   Commercial timeout called  
7:22   Bryce Alford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:20   Offensive rebound by UCLA  
7:11   Ike Anigbogu missed jump shot  
7:09   Offensive rebound by Ike Anigbogu  
7:09 +2 Ike Anigbogu made tip-in 21-23
6:44   Thomas Wilder missed jump shot, blocked by Lonzo Ball  
6:42   Defensive rebound by Lonzo Ball  
6:37 +2 Lonzo Ball made layup, assist by Isaac Hamilton 21-25
6:19   Drake Lamont missed jump shot  
6:17   Defensive rebound by Isaac Hamilton  
6:11 +3 Bryce Alford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aaron Holiday 21-28
6:03   Full timeout called  
5:52   Thomas Wilder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:50   Offensive rebound by Reggie Jones  
5:50 +2 Reggie Jones made layup 23-28
5:30   Aaron Holiday missed jump shot  
5:28   Defensive rebound by Seth Dugan  
5:22 +2 Thomas Wilder made jump shot 25-28
5:09   Aaron Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:07   Offensive rebound by Isaac Hamilton  
5:05   Bryce Alford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:03   Offensive rebound by UCLA  
4:56   Bryce Alford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:54   Defensive rebound by Reggie Jones  
4:30 +2 Reggie Jones made jump shot 27-28
4:20 +2 Aaron Holiday made layup 27-30
4:20   Shooting foul on Thomas Wilder  
4:20 +1 Aaron Holiday made free throw 27-31
4:03   Offensive foul on Seth Dugan  
4:03   Offensive foul turnover on Seth Dugan  
3:52 +2 Gyorgy Goloman made layup, assist by Aaron Holiday 27-33
3:52   Shooting foul on Bryce Moore  
3:52   Commercial timeout called  
3:52 +1 Gyorgy Goloman made free throw 27-34
3:35   Seth Dugan missed jump shot  
3:33   Defensive rebound by Isaac Hamilton  
3:23   Lost ball turnover on Lonzo Ball  
3:09 +2 Reggie Jones made jump shot 29-34
2:50 +3 Aaron Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by TJ Leaf 29-37
2:39   Thomas Wilder missed jump shot  
2:37   Offensive rebound by Seth Dugan  
2:36   Shooting foul on TJ Leaf  
2:36   Seth Dugan missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:36   Seth Dugan missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:36   Defensive rebound by Lonzo Ball  
2:35   Personal foul on Tucker Haymond  
2:35   Lonzo Ball missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:35 +1 Lonzo Ball made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-38
2:12   Personal foul on Lonzo Ball  
1:56 +2 Tucker Haymond made layup, assist by Thomas Wilder 31-38
1:36 +3 Bryce Alford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aaron Holiday 31-41
1:19 +2 Reggie Jones made jump shot 33-41
1:18   30-second timeout called  
1:05 +2 Aaron Holiday made layup 33-43
44.0   Tucker Haymond missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Ike Anigbogu  
42.0   Defensive rebound by Bryce Alford  
34.0 +2 Aaron Holiday made layup 33-45
8.0   Reggie Jones missed jump shot  
6.0   Defensive rebound by Bryce Alford  
2.0   Bad pass turnover on Bryce Alford  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:45   Reggie Jones missed jump shot  
19:43   Offensive rebound by Reggie Jones  
19:43 +2 Reggie Jones made jump shot 35-45
19:24   Isaac Hamilton missed jump shot  
19:22   Defensive rebound by Brandon Johnson  
19:14 +2 Thomas Wilder made layup 37-45
19:04   Lost ball turnover on TJ Leaf  
19:00   Reggie Jones missed jump shot  
18:58   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
18:49   Isaac Hamilton missed layup  
18:47   Offensive rebound by Isaac Hamilton  
18:47   Isaac Hamilton missed tip-in  
18:45   Defensive rebound by Western Michigan  
18:30 +2 Thomas Wilder made layup 39-45
18:23   Full timeout called  
18:17   Personal foul on Brandon Johnson  
18:08   Bad pass turnover on Gyorgy Goloman  
18:00 +2 Thomas Wilder made jump shot 41-45
17:48 +2 Isaac Hamilton made layup, assist by Lonzo Ball 41-47
17:48   Shooting foul on Brandon Johnson  
17:48 +1 Isaac Hamilton made free throw 41-48
17:37   Drake Lamont missed jump shot  
17:35   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
17:18 +2 Bryce Alford made jump shot 41-50
16:59 +2 Thomas Wilder made jump shot 43-50
16:35   Bryce Alford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:33   Offensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
16:33   TJ Leaf missed layup  
16:31   Defensive rebound by Reggie Jones  
16:26   Lost ball turnover on Reggie Jones  
16:21 +2 Isaac Hamilton made layup, assist by Lonzo Ball 43-52
15:53 +2 Tucker Haymond made jump shot 45-52
15:35 +2 TJ Leaf made dunk, assist by Lonzo Ball 45-54
15:20   Tucker Haymond missed jump shot, blocked by Gyorgy Goloman  
15:18   Offensive rebound by Western Michigan  
15:18   Commercial timeout called  
15:18   Lost ball turnover on Seth Dugan  
15:11   Personal foul on Thomas Wilder  
15:07 +2 Aaron Holiday made layup, assist by Gyorgy Goloman 45-56
14:52   Reggie Jones missed jump shot  
14:50   Defensive rebound by Gyorgy Goloman  
14:39   Isaac Hamilton missed jump shot  
14:37   Offensive rebound by Gyorgy Goloman  
14:34   Gyorgy Goloman missed tip-in  
14:34   Offensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
14:34 +2 TJ Leaf made layup, assist by Aaron Holiday 45-58
14:34   Shooting foul on Tucker Haymond  
14:20   Thomas Wilder missed layup, blocked by TJ Leaf  
14:34 +1 TJ Leaf made free throw 45-59
14:20   Thomas Wilder missed layup, blocked by TJ Leaf  
14:18   Defensive rebound by Gyorgy Goloman  
14:14   Lonzo Ball missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:12   Defensive rebound by Thomas Wilder  
13:44   Tucker Haymond missed jump shot  
13:42   Defensive rebound by Aaron Holiday  
13:36   Isaac Hamilton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:34   Offensive rebound by Gyorgy Goloman  
13:15 +2 TJ Leaf made dunk, assist by Aaron Holiday 45-61
12:47 +2 Reggie Jones made hook shot 47-61
12:30   Gyorgy Goloman missed dunk  
12:28   Defensive rebound by Reggie Jones  
12:24   Bryce Moore missed layup  
12:22   Offensive rebound by Seth Dugan  
12:22 +2 Seth Dugan made tip-in 49-61
12:22   Shooting foul on Lonzo Ball  
12:22 +1 Seth Dugan made free throw 50-61
12:11   Shooting foul on Seth Dugan  
12:11   Ike Anigbogu missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:11   Defensive rebound by Josh Davis  
12:11   Ike Anigbogu missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
12:11   Defensive rebound by Josh Davis  
11:43 +2 Jarrin Randall made jump shot 52-61
11:35   Lonzo Ball missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:33   Defensive rebound by Seth Dugan  
11:18 +3 Bryce Moore made 3-pt. jump shot 55-61
10:55   Shooting foul on Bryce Moore  
10:55   Commercial timeout called  
10:55 +1 Ike Anigbogu made 1st of 2 free throws 55-62
10:55 +1 Ike Anigbogu made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-63
10:42   Brandon Johnson missed jump shot  
10:40   Defensive rebound by Ike Anigbogu  
10:18   Bryce Alford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:16   Defensive rebound by Josh Davis  
9:55   Brandon Johnson missed jump shot  
9:53   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
9:29 +2 TJ Leaf made layup, assist by Bryce Alford 55-65
9:10   Offensive foul turnover on Jarrin Randall  
8:55   TJ Leaf missed layup  
8:53   Offensive rebound by UCLA  
8:53   Lost ball turnover on Aaron Holiday  
8:49 +2 Tucker Haymond made layup, assist by Josh Davis 57-65
8:27   Personal foul on Bryce Moore  
8:27 +1 Bryce Alford made 1st of 2 free throws 57-66
8:27 +1 Bryce Alford made 2nd of 2 free throws 57-67
8:06 +2 Drake Lamont made hook shot 59-67
7:44   Kicked ball violation on Western Michigan  
7:44   Commercial timeout called  
7:39