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UCLA beats CS Bakersfield 75-66 for 6th win in 7 games

LOS ANGELES (AP) On a poor offensive night, UCLA won with defense that held Cal State Bakersfield to 10-of-39 shooting in the second half.

Aaron Holiday scored 16 points and Thomas Welsh added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Bruins' 75-66 victory Wednesday night.

UCLA (6-1) trailed by nine early in the game before rallying to take a 29-27 lead at the break after scoring its fewest first-half points this season. The Bruins shot 10-of-29 from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

''This was by far, in seven games, the worst we've been offensively,'' UCLA coach Steve Alford said. ''Three weeks ago we lose this game because so much of our defense was about what we were doing offensively.''

Jarkel Joiner led Bakersfield with 20 points, making a career-high four 3-pointers. Damiyne Durham added 15 points, also making four 3s.

''That's my guy,'' Durham said. ''I really want to roll with him and I have a lot of confidence in him.''

The Bruins opened the second half on a 9-1 run, extending their lead to 38-28. The Roadrunners (4-4) missed their first eight shots and went 4 of 22 from 3-point range after making six 3s in the first half.

''I expected a run when they came out in the second half because of their talent,'' Bakersfield coach Rod Barnes said. ''It really got too much ahead of us and it was hard to catch up.''

Everyone in UCLA's eight-man rotation scored and grabbed at least one rebound.

UCLA's largest lead of 56-40 came on a pair of free throws by Welsh. The Bruins improved to 57 percent shooting in the second half.

The Roadrunners answered with a 9-2 run to get to 58-49.

Freshman Kris Wilkes roused the small, sleepy crowd by dunking off Jaylen Hands' missed 3-pointer, Holiday made a layup and G.G. Goloman dunked, pushing UCLA's lead to 64-49.

''We just couldn't knock down shots and we forced it too many times,'' Wilkes said. ''Our defense helped us out in the first half a lot.''

Joiner scored 10 of his team's final 17 points, hitting consecutive 3-pointers.

BIG 3s

UCLA went 2 of 17 from 3-point range, an unusually poor performance for the Bruins. Even stranger were the players who made 3s: big men Welsh and Alex Olesinski, which drew a laugh from Alford's wife Tanya after the game. ''We airballed two, I think we hit the side of the backboard on one,'' her husband said, smiling.

MORE HANDS

Hands returned from a mid-ankle sprain after not practicing the last two days. He missed all five of his field-goal attempts and both of his 3-point attempts, but made 7-of-8 free throws and had four rebounds and four assists.

ROAD LESS TRAVELED

CS Bakersfield will join the Big West in 2020, allowing the Roadrunners to decrease their average round-trip mileage from 2,400 with WAC schools to 302 miles (excluding Hawaii), which will lower spending on travel and keep the players in the classroom more.

BIG PICTURE

Cal State Bakersfield returned two starters from a team that won 25 games last season, a single-season record since joining Division I. The Roadrunners won their first regular-season WAC title and made the NIT semifinals. Joiner has cracked the starting lineup as a freshman. He came in averaging 8.7 points and 4.0 rebounds.

UCLA dropped out of the Top 25 this week and isn't likely to impress voters with the strength of its current home stand: UC Irvine, Bakersfield, Detroit Mercy and Montana. The Bruins don't play a major opponent again until visiting Michigan on Dec. 9 and No. 11 Cincinnati on Dec. 16.

UP NEXT

CS Bakersfield: Hosts Northern Arizona on Saturday in its first home game since opening the season on Nov. 10.

UCLA: Hosts Detroit Mercy on Sunday, the third of a four-game home stand.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Kris Wilkes 1.0
  Damiyne Durham missed 3-pt. jump shot 3.0
  Offensive rebound by Rickey Holden 8.0
  Damiyne Durham missed 3-pt. jump shot 10.0
  Defensive rebound by Justin McCall 19.0
  Jaylen Hands missed 2nd of 2 free throws 19.0
+ 1 Jaylen Hands made 1st of 2 free throws 19.0
  Personal foul on Rickey Holden 19.0
+ 2 Greg Lee made layup 19.0
  Offensive rebound by Greg Lee 22.0
  Rickey Holden missed layup 24.0
Team Stats
Points 66 75
Field Goals 20-67 (29.9%) 27-59 (45.8%)
3-Pointers 10-33 (30.3%) 2-17 (11.8%)
Free Throws 16-20 (80.0%) 19-28 (67.9%)
Total Rebounds 42 45
Offensive 13 11
Defensive 22 31
Team 7 3
Assists 11 15
Steals 6 5
Blocks 0 4
Turnovers 10 14
Fouls 25 19
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 4 REB
16 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo Cal-Baker. 4-4 273966
home team logo UCLA 6-1 294675
Team Stats
away team logo Cal-Baker. 4-4 70.9 PPG 41.1 RPG 11.1 APG
home team logo UCLA 6-1 78.2 PPG 44.2 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
0
J. Joiner G 15.6 PPG 3.6 RPG 1.4 APG 45.1 FG%
00
A. Holiday G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Joiner G 20 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
A. Holiday G 16 PTS 7 REB 6 AST
29.9 FG% 45.8
30.3 3PT FG% 11.8
80.0 FT% 67.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Joiner 20 4 0 6/13 4/8 4/4 2 32 0 0 1 2 2
R. Holden 10 3 4 4/13 2/6 0/0 1 28 2 0 1 2 1
S. Briggs 7 6 2 1/8 0/1 5/6 1 25 0 0 1 2 4
M. Aly 5 1 0 2/4 0/0 1/2 5 13 0 0 0 0 1
B. Wrapp 0 6 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 5 27 3 0 3 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Joiner 20 4 0 6/13 4/8 4/4 2 32 0 0 1 2 2
R. Holden 10 3 4 4/13 2/6 0/0 1 28 2 0 1 2 1
S. Briggs 7 6 2 1/8 0/1 5/6 1 25 0 0 1 2 4
M. Aly 5 1 0 2/4 0/0 1/2 5 13 0 0 0 0 1
B. Wrapp 0 6 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 5 27 3 0 3 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Durham 15 3 1 5/17 4/14 1/2 1 31 1 0 3 0 3
J. Davis 5 4 0 1/5 0/2 3/4 2 11 0 0 0 2 2
F. Ndoye 2 2 0 0/2 0/0 2/2 5 18 0 0 1 1 1
G. Lee 2 4 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 1 3
J. Suber 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
J. McCall 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1
B. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Dickerson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Person Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 35 11 20/67 10/33 16/20 25 200 6 0 10 13 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Holiday 16 7 6 7/13 0/5 2/4 4 35 2 0 4 1 6
T. Welsh 13 10 0 4/7 1/1 4/5 4 29 1 0 1 3 7
K. Wilkes 11 7 2 4/11 0/2 3/6 4 26 0 2 2 3 4
G. Goloman 10 6 1 5/8 0/1 0/0 3 25 0 1 1 1 5
P. Ali 6 3 2 2/5 0/2 2/3 1 25 1 0 2 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Holiday 16 7 6 7/13 0/5 2/4 4 35 2 0 4 1 6
T. Welsh 13 10 0 4/7 1/1 4/5 4 29 1 0 1 3 7
K. Wilkes 11 7 2 4/11 0/2 3/6 4 26 0 2 2 3 4
G. Goloman 10 6 1 5/8 0/1 0/0 3 25 0 1 1 1 5
P. Ali 6 3 2 2/5 0/2 2/3 1 25 1 0 2 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Olesinski 8 4 0 3/4 1/2 1/2 1 22 0 1 1 2 2
J. Hands 7 4 4 0/5 0/2 7/8 0 24 1 0 3 0 4
C. Smith 4 1 0 2/6 0/2 0/0 2 14 0 0 0 1 0
A. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Okwarabizie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Ball - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Riley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 42 15 27/59 2/17 19/28 19 200 5 4 14 11 31