UCLA
18-1
83
TF 5
FINAL
End
2nd
PACN
Sat Jan. 14
6:00pm
BONUS
82
TF 6
UTAH
12-5
ML: -145
UTAH 2.5, O/U 165.0
ML: +125
UCLA
UTAH

No Text

No. 4 UCLA holds on for narrow 83-82 win at Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) UCLA has punished teams on the offensive end throughout the season, but the biggest sequence of the day for the No. 4 team in the country was a defensive stop that ended a near upset.

Lonzo Ball had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds to help the Bruins edge Utah 83-82 on Saturday.

UCLA (18-1, 5-1 Pac-12) overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half despite a poor defensive performance most of the night. Aaron Holiday hit a deep 3-pointer with 1:52 left to give UCLA an 81-80 lead and Utah forward Kyle Kuzma missed a contested 3 in the final seconds.

''We're known for our offensive end, so it's great to finally win getting the stop,'' Holiday said. ''I feel we can play with anybody who can score at a fast pace. It's just a matter of us getting stops and scoring at the offensive end.

''But, yeah, I guess you can call it the gutsiest (win) because we actually had to do it on the defensive end in this game.''

Thomas Welsh made two foul shots with one second left for the Bruins and Lorenzo Bonam scored in the waning moments for the Utes (12-5, 3-2), providing the final margin.

The back-and-forth game featured nine ties and 12 lead changes. Utah opened the second half with an 11-0 run, but the Bruins answered with a 17-6 stretch.

''They got great heart,'' UCLA coach Steve Alford said. ''They got great desire. And they don't play differently if they're up eight or down eight. They're learning to make winning plays as we go along.

''It wasn't perfect, but on little rest I'll take it,'' he said.

Welsh had 16 points for UCLA, which shot 48.5 percent from the field. Bryce Alford scored 15 points, and TJ Leaf finished with 12 and 10 rebounds.

Bonam led the Utes with 19 points, and Kuzma finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Utah shot 54.5 percent from the field.

Utah used an 8-1 run to take a 24-18 lead in the first half, but the Bruins responded with a 19-5 stretch of their own. A pair of Devon Daniels layups started an 8-0 run for Utah near the end of the half, but Alford buried a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to make it 42-40 UCLA at the break.

''We made mistakes down the stretch, that was the biggest part. We had two critical errors on defense,'' Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said.

''That's a great offensive team. What makes them so unique is their ability to push the ball in transition and continue to move and guys share the basketball real well. And then you throw in some of those offensive boards, it's kind of a juggernaut.''

BIG PICTURE

UCLA: UCLA is one of the best offensive units in the country, but the team is vulnerable due to its defense when not pouring in the points.

Utah: The Utes showed they can hang with anyone when their offense is clicking. Utah is deep enough to survive an off night from center David Collette and the backcourt wasn't overmatched in the least.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

UCLA might be able to inch a little higher after No. 1 Baylor's loss to West Virginia this week.

QUOTABLE

''We most definitely let one get away,'' Bonam said. ''We were up the whole game, basically. ... It's just tough.

UP NEXT

UCLA: Hosts Arizona State on Thursday.

Utah: Travels to face Washington State on Wednesday.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Lorenzo Bonam made jump shot, assist by Kyle Kuzma 1.0
+ 1 Thomas Welsh made 2nd of 2 free throws 1.0
+ 1 Thomas Welsh made 1st of 2 free throws 1.0
  Personal foul on David Collette 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Thomas Welsh 0.0
  Kyle Kuzma missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
  30-second timeout called 5.0
  Personal foul on Isaac Hamilton 5.0
  Personal foul on Lonzo Ball 7.0
  Personal foul on Aaron Holiday 10.0
  30-second timeout called 12.0
Team Stats
Points 83 82
Field Goals 33-68 (48.5%) 36-66 (54.5%)
3-Pointers 9-29 (31.0%) 7-21 (33.3%)
Free Throws 8-13 (61.5%) 3-6 (50.0%)
Total Rebounds 34 35
Offensive 9 6
Defensive 23 27
Team 2 2
Assists 17 18
Steals 8 4
Blocks 1 0
Turnovers 7 9
Fouls 13 13
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 6 REB, 8 AST
19 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo 4 UCLA 18-1 424183
home team logo Utah 12-5 404282
Team Stats
away team logo 4 UCLA 18-1 78.2 PPG 44.2 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Utah 12-5 75.6 PPG 38.9 RPG 14.2 APG
Key Players
00
L. Ball G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
L. Bonam G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
L. Ball G 17 PTS 6 REB 8 AST
L. Bonam G 19 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
48.5 FG% 54.5
31.0 3PT FG% 33.3
61.5 FT% 50.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Ball 17 6 8 7/12 3/7 0/0 2 40 5 0 1 1 5
T. Welsh 16 8 1 6/7 0/0 4/4 0 29 0 0 1 5 3
B. Alford 15 3 1 6/12 3/7 0/1 1 35 0 0 1 0 3
T. Leaf 12 10 2 5/11 1/2 1/2 1 32 0 0 1 1 9
I. Hamilton 7 0 0 3/10 1/7 0/2 3 22 0 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Ball 17 6 8 7/12 3/7 0/0 2 40 5 0 1 1 5
T. Welsh 16 8 1 6/7 0/0 4/4 0 29 0 0 1 5 3
B. Alford 15 3 1 6/12 3/7 0/1 1 35 0 0 1 0 3
T. Leaf 12 10 2 5/11 1/2 1/2 1 32 0 0 1 1 9
I. Hamilton 7 0 0 3/10 1/7 0/2 3 22 0 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Holiday 14 2 5 5/13 1/6 3/4 4 24 3 0 0 1 1
I. Anigbogu 2 3 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 0 0 1 2
G. Goloman 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 1 2 0 0
A. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Ali - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Okwarabizie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Olesinski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 32 17 33/68 9/29 8/13 13 200 8 1 7 9 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Bonam 19 2 4 9/14 1/5 0/0 1 35 0 0 3 0 2
K. Kuzma 15 11 6 7/14 1/4 0/0 1 31 0 0 0 2 9
D. Daniels 15 5 4 7/13 1/3 0/0 2 38 3 0 3 0 5
D. Collette 11 6 2 4/7 0/0 3/5 3 32 0 0 1 3 3
J. Zamora 5 1 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 4 18 0 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Bonam 19 2 4 9/14 1/5 0/0 1 35 0 0 3 0 2
K. Kuzma 15 11 6 7/14 1/4 0/0 1 31 0 0 0 2 9
D. Daniels 15 5 4 7/13 1/3 0/0 2 38 3 0 3 0 5
D. Collette 11 6 2 4/7 0/0 3/5 3 32 0 0 1 3 3
J. Zamora 5 1 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 4 18 0 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Barefield 13 2 1 5/10 3/5 0/1 2 27 0 0 1 0 2
J. Johnson 4 2 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 1 1
P. Van Dyke 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
T. Rawson 0 4 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 9 1 0 1 0 4
J. Connor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Bealer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Coleman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jokl - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Reininger - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Rydalch - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Seeley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 33 18 36/66 7/21 3/6 13 200 4 0 9 6 27