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No. 21 UCLA survives to beat Georgia Tech 63-60

SHANGHAI (AP) Led by freshman Kris Wilkes with 18 points, No. 21 UCLA overcame the loss of three other freshmen who were held out to beat Georgia Tech 63-60 in the teams' season opener on Saturday in China.

Fellow freshman Jaylen Hands added 14 points, Aaron Holiday had 11 and Thomas Welsh had 10 for the Bruins, who used defense in the closing minutes to hold off the Yellow Jackets.

Ben Lammers scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half for Tech before the Bruins slowed him with double-teams in the second half.

UCLA played without freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, who have been identified by the Los Angeles Times and ESPN as having been arrested on shoplifting charges during the team's trip to China. The school has yet to confirm any details. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, who is on the trip, has only said ''an incident'' occurred in Hangzhou, where both teams visited earlier in the week before their arrival in Shanghai.

Jose Alvarado hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining that left Tech trailing 62-60.

Hands made one of two free throws to keep UCLA ahead 63-60 before Alvarado missed a potential tying 3-pointer with 4 seconds to go, allowing the Bruins to survive.

Wilkes was 6 of 12 from the floor and hit four 3-pointers, while Hands went 4 of 11 from the field and made 5 of 6 free throws.

Holiday had all seven of his assists in the first half. He was the team's sixth man last season, but started the opener.

The Bruins got sloppy in the second half and ended up with more turnovers (14) than assists (11) for the game.

Tech shot 34 percent in the game and had to work hard to get open shots.

Lammers went 8 for 8 from the floor and made both of his free throws in the first half to go with six rebounds before the Bruins cut off his catch-and-shoot game in the final 20 minutes, helped by 7-footer Welsh.

RARE START

G.G. Goloman got a rare start for the Bruins with coach Steve Alford having a short bench. Wilkes and Hands started in their college debuts, alongside veterans Holiday and Welsh.

BIG PICTURE

Things are murky for the Bruins while the situation in China plays out. The rest of the team is set to return to the U.S., but the status of the three players has not been confirmed.

The Yellow Jackets have problems of their own. Starters Tadric Jackson and Josh Okogie were suspended indefinitely after learning they accepted benefits in violation of NCAA rules. They didn't accompany the team to China and the length of the suspensions will be decided by the NCAA.

UP NEXT

Georgia Tech is off until Nov. 19 when it hosts the Ramblin' Wreck Showcase.

UCLA hosts Central Arkansas in its home opener on Wednesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Curtis Haywood II missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Offensive rebound by Curtis Haywood II 2.0
  Jose Alvarado missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Ben Lammers 20.0
  Jaylen Hands missed 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
+ 1 Jaylen Hands made 1st of 2 free throws 20.0
  Personal foul on Jose Alvarado 20.0
+ 3 Jose Alvarado made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Moore 20.0
  Defensive rebound by Ben Lammers 42.0
  Jaylen Hands missed jump shot 44.0
+ 1 Brandon Alston made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:13
Team Stats
Points 60 63
Field Goals 20-58 (34.5%) 22-54 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 4-18 (22.2%) 5-14 (35.7%)
Free Throws 16-20 (80.0%) 14-21 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 35 36
Offensive 11 10
Defensive 23 20
Team 1 6
Assists 12 11
Steals 7 6
Blocks 5 6
Turnovers 9 14
Fouls 20 17
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
44
B. Lammers C
24 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST
home team logo
13
K. Wilkes G
18 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Georgia Tech 0-1 322860
home team logo21 UCLA 1-0352863
Team Stats
away team logoGeorgia Tech 0-1 62.5 PPG 39 RPG 13.0 APG
home team logo21 UCLA 1-0 85.2 PPG 43.6 RPG 16.0 APG
Key Players
44
B. Lammers C 21.5 PPG 11.5 RPG 1.5 APG 63.3 FG%
13
K. Wilkes G 14.2 PPG 6.4 RPG 0.8 APG 46.6 FG%
Top Scorers
44
B. Lammers C 24 PTS 10 REB 1 AST
13
K. Wilkes G 18 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
34.5 FG% 40.7
22.2 3PT FG% 35.7
80.0 FT% 66.7
Georgia Tech
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Lammers 38 24 10 1 2 1 1 0 11/18 0/0 2/2 3 7
J. Alvarado 28 12 7 3 2 0 0 3 4/8 2/5 2/2 1 6
B. Alston 24 10 4 2 0 0 6 3 2/9 0/3 6/8 2 2
A. Gueye 32 2 6 2 0 4 1 4 0/3 0/2 2/2 2 4
M. Wright 16 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0/6 0/1 0/0 2 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Lammers 38 24 10 1 2 1 1 0 11/18 0/0 2/2 3 7
J. Alvarado 28 12 7 3 2 0 0 3 4/8 2/5 2/2 1 6
B. Alston 24 10 4 2 0 0 6 3 2/9 0/3 6/8 2 2
A. Gueye 32 2 6 2 0 4 1 4 0/3 0/2 2/2 2 4
M. Wright 16 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0/6 0/1 0/0 2 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Cole 22 6 2 0 1 0 0 2 1/3 1/3 3/4 0 2
C. Haywood II 17 5 1 1 0 0 1 3 2/5 1/3 0/0 1 0
J. Moore 23 1 2 3 1 0 0 3 0/6 0/1 1/2 0 2
T. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Ogbonda - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okogie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Jester - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Rice - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Schafer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 60 34 12 7 5 9 20 20/58 4/18 16/20 11 23
UCLA
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Wilkes 30 18 4 1 0 0 2 3 6/12 4/6 2/4 2 2
J. Hands 28 14 4 1 2 0 2 2 4/11 1/1 5/6 1 3
A. Holiday 35 11 3 7 1 1 4 2 3/9 0/4 5/7 0 3
T. Welsh 37 10 8 0 2 3 2 2 5/8 0/0 0/0 3 5
G. Goloman 28 4 6 0 0 1 1 3 2/7 0/2 0/0 4 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Wilkes 30 18 4 1 0 0 2 3 6/12 4/6 2/4 2 2
J. Hands 28 14 4 1 2 0 2 2 4/11 1/1 5/6 1 3
A. Holiday 35 11 3 7 1 1 4 2 3/9 0/4 5/7 0 3
T. Welsh 37 10 8 0 2 3 2 2 5/8 0/0 0/0 3 5
G. Goloman 28 4 6 0 0 1 1 3 2/7 0/2 0/0 4 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Olesinski 14 5 2 0 0 1 1 3 2/3 0/0 1/2 0 2
P. Ali 20 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 0/3 0/1 1/2 0 2
C. Smith 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
A. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Okwarabizie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Ball - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Riley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 63 30 11 6 6 14 17 22/54 5/14 14/21 10 20