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UCLA holds off S Dakota 85-82

LOS ANGELES (AP) Thomas Welsh scored 19 points and Aaron Holiday added 15 to lead UCLA to an 85-82 victory over South Dakota on Tuesday night.

Welsh, who is averaging a double-double this season, made 7 of 14 shots, pulled down 11 rebounds, had four assists and three blocks.

''I got a lot of good looks tonight and I took them,'' Welsh said.

Jaylen Hands and Gyorgy Goloman scored 12 points apiece and Chris Smith added 10 for the Bruins.

UCLA (8-3) snapped a two-game losing streak and dealt the Coyotes its first loss in five games. The Bruins improved to 6-1 at home and South Dakota dropped to 11-4 and 4-3 on the road.

Matt Mooney led the Coyotes with 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Brandon Armstrong scored 15 points and Tyler Peterson added 12.

Trailing by three at halftime, the Bruins went on a 10-3 run to start the second half and Welsh's basket with 17:25 remaining put UCLA up 46-39. Chris Smith's back-to-back 3-point plays increased UCLA's lead to 69-52 with 7:59 to play and the Bruins led 78-54 on Prince Ali's dunk with 5:01 remaining.

But the Coyotes battled back, going on a 28-6 surge behind Peterson and Armstrong in the final five minutes to cut it to 84-82 with 1.7 seconds left following Armstrong's 3-pointer.

South Dakota got the ball back with 1.5 seconds remaining following a UCLA free throw but Armstrong was unable to get off a 3-point attempt as the game ended. After a lengthy delay the referees reviewed the inbounds play replay and ruled that the Welsh had tipped the ball, allowing the clock to run out and end the game.

''It was the right call,'' UCLA coach Steve Alford said.

Welsh agreed. ''I tipped the ball on the inbounds play,'' Welsh said. ''They made the right call. They made a run on us, but we got the win.''

The Bruins defense also stepped up in the second half as they held the Coyotes to seven free throws over a 10:14 stretch midway through.

''The first 36 minutes was beautiful basketball and unselfish, but the last four minutes was selfish,'' Alford said. ''The hardest thing to do is to get up when you've been knocked down. It's a teaching moment for me, not the way I want to do it but they learned a valuable lesson tonight.''

The Bruins led 7-2 but then went cold. The Coyotes countered with a 17-5 run to take a 19-12 lead following a basket by Mooney at the 8:46 mark. Hands' 3-pointer just before the buzzer cut the Coyotes' lead to 36-33 at the break.

''I really thought we came out really strong at the start and we were righting the ship,'' South Dakota coach Craig Smith said. ''And to be up by three points was disappointing. I thought we really had control of the game and felt like we should have been up more. We played too much one-on-one and that just fed into their transition and that led to their separation.''

South Dakota, the reigning Summit League champions, entered the game with a 48.9 shooting percentage but was held to 41.4 percent (29 of 70).

BIG PICTURE

South Dakota: The Coyotes entered Tuesday's game as one of five NCAA Division I teams to reach 11 wins thus far this season (Duke, Purdue, Albany and Villanova are the others). UCLA has five players averaging in double figures this season: Holiday (17.6), Welsh (12.6), Kris Wilkes (12.3), Hands (12.0) and Ali (10.4).

UCLA SUSPENDED PLAYERS UPDATE

Bruins freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley missed their 11th consecutive game and are still suspended indefinitely as a result of their shoplifting arrest in China in November. LiAngleo Ball, the third player involved in the incident, left UCLA and signed a professional contract to play in Lithuania.

NICE MEETING YOU

Monday was the first time that UCLA and South Dakota have met on the hardwood.

CLOSING IN ON A PLATEAU

UCLA senior center Thomas Welsh and junior guard Aaron Holiday are on the verge of reaching 1,000 career points. Welsh needs 24 points and Holiday 37 points to reach the milestone.

NOT TO SHABBY

South Dakota entered Tuesday's game fifth in Division I in free throws made (224) and fifth in total rebounds (527). The Coyotes are shooting 48.9 percent from the field and have outscored their opponents 544-356 in the paint this season.

UP NEXT

South Dakota opens a four-game home stand beginning Thursday night against Northland College.

UCLA travels to New Orleans and will take on Kentucky (9-1) Saturday in the fourth annual CBS Sports Classic. It will be the fifth time the two teams have met in the past four seasons.

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Key Players
T. Simpson
3 G
A. Holiday
3 G
36.3 Min. Per Game 36.3
17.6 Pts. Per Game 17.6
5.4 Ast. Per Game 5.4
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
43.0 Field Goal % 45.0
28.1 Three Point % 31.7
63.2 Free Throw % 78.0
+ 1 Jaylen Hands made 2nd of 2 free throws 2.0
  Jaylen Hands missed 1st of 2 free throws 2.0
  Personal foul on Matt Mooney 2.0
+ 3 Brandon Armstrong made 3-pt. jump shot 3.0
+ 1 Jaylen Hands made 2nd of 2 free throws 8.0
  Jaylen Hands missed 1st of 2 free throws 8.0
  Personal foul on Brandon Armstrong 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Gyorgy Goloman 8.0
  Tyler Peterson missed 3-pt. jump shot 10.0
  Lost ball turnover on Jaylen Hands 15.0
  Brandon Armstrong missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
Team Stats
Points 82 85
Field Goals 29-70 (41.4%) 30-66 (45.5%)
3-Pointers 10-33 (30.3%) 8-25 (32.0%)
Free Throws 14-20 (70.0%) 17-25 (68.0%)
Total Rebounds 45 37
Offensive 10 7
Defensive 30 30
Team 5 0
Assists 11 22
Steals 5 6
Blocks 0 7
Turnovers 15 13
Fouls 21 18
Technicals 1 0
23 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
19 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo South Dakota 11-4 364682
home team logo UCLA 8-3 335285
Team Stats
away team logo South Dakota 11-4 70.6 PPG 34.1 RPG 12.7 APG
home team logo UCLA 8-3 78.2 PPG 44.2 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
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M. Mooney G PPG RPG APG FG%
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T. Welsh C PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. Mooney G 23 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
T. Welsh C 19 PTS 11 REB 4 AST
41.4 FG% 45.5
30.3 3PT FG% 32.0
70.0 FT% 68.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Mooney 23 7 3 10/18 3/7 0/0 4 28 2 0 4 1 6
T. Hagedorn 9 8 3 3/13 2/10 1/4 1 27 0 0 3 2 6
T. Burch-Manning 6 5 0 2/7 1/2 1/2 2 24 0 0 2 1 4
C. Hurst 5 0 0 2/3 1/1 0/0 2 16 1 0 2 0 0
T. Simpson 2 5 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 32 0 0 2 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Mooney 23 7 3 10/18 3/7 0/0 4 28 2 0 4 1 6
T. Hagedorn 9 8 3 3/13 2/10 1/4 1 27 0 0 3 2 6
T. Burch-Manning 6 5 0 2/7 1/2 1/2 2 24 0 0 2 1 4
C. Hurst 5 0 0 2/3 1/1 0/0 2 16 1 0 2 0 0
T. Simpson 2 5 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 32 0 0 2 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Armstrong 15 1 0 3/7 3/7 6/7 2 15 0 0 0 1 0
T. Peterson 12 4 1 5/10 0/3 2/3 4 27 2 0 2 1 3
N. Fuller 8 6 0 2/5 0/1 4/4 5 20 0 0 0 2 4
D. Jech 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1
A. Sparks 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 1 1
J. Doss 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1
L. Power - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Delimont - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Stensgard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Prevost - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Umude - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 40 11 29/70 10/33 14/20 21 200 5 0 15 10 30
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Welsh 19 11 4 7/14 3/7 2/2 2 30 1 3 3 2 9
A. Holiday 15 5 5 4/14 1/6 6/8 3 33 2 0 2 1 4
G. Goloman 12 7 2 4/6 0/0 4/5 3 25 0 0 0 3 4
P. Ali 7 4 4 3/10 0/1 1/3 1 30 2 1 1 0 4
K. Wilkes 5 3 2 2/6 1/3 0/0 4 23 1 1 3 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Welsh 19 11 4 7/14 3/7 2/2 2 30 1 3 3 2 9
A. Holiday 15 5 5 4/14 1/6 6/8 3 33 2 0 2 1 4
G. Goloman 12 7 2 4/6 0/0 4/5 3 25 0 0 0 3 4
P. Ali 7 4 4 3/10 0/1 1/3 1 30 2 1 1 0 4
K. Wilkes 5 3 2 2/6 1/3 0/0 4 23 1 1 3 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hands 12 4 2 4/8 2/5 2/4 1 24 0 0 3 0 4
C. Smith 10 1 1 4/5 0/1 2/2 2 18 0 1 1 1 0
A. Olesinski 5 2 2 2/3 1/2 0/1 2 17 0 1 0 0 2
A. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Okwarabizie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Riley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 85 37 22 30/66 8/25 17/25 18 200 6 7 13 7 30