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Holiday with 33, UCLA opens Pac-12 96-82 over Washington St

LOS ANGELES (AP) Aaron Holiday took his game to another level Friday night and led UCLA to an impressive opening night Pac 12 game victory.

Holiday scored a career-high 33 points, pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds and had four assists and Jaylen Hands added 19 points to lead UCLA to a 96-82 victory over Washington State. Kris Wilkes scored 14 points and Thomas Welsh scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Bruins (10-3).

Robert Franks scored 20 points, Carter Skaggs added 17 and Milan Acquaah and Jeff Pollard scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Cougars (8-5).

Holiday made 11 of 18 shots, including all five of his 3-point attempts, and recorded his fifth 20-point game of the season while leading the Bruins to their third consecutive win. The junior guard became the 55th player in UCLA history to score 1,000 career points when he drilled a 3-pointer that gave the Bruins a 27-22 lead.

''I'm blessed and I was able to do it with the help of my teammates,'' Holiday said. ''I'm happy I didn't turn the ball over tonight, because I've been turning it over too much lately. I come out and play the same way every day. I don't really chance my shot. I knew we were almost there (near 1,000 points). The key was that we stayed poised''.

Welsh reached the 1,000-point mark with a free throw with 3:16 left.

''This is a special place to reach 1,000 points,'' Welsh said. ''Aaron's a bulldog. He brings it every night out there. He dropped 33 points and it's special to reach 1,000 points on the same night''.

Welsh's bucket about six minutes into the first half gave UCLA a 14-5 lead. The Cougars cut the lead to 29-28 following an Acquaah free throw with 5:33 to go in the half. Wilkes' 3-point play down the stretch propelled the Bruins to a 42-37 lead at the break.

Holiday made 9 of 13 shots and scored 23 points in the first half. Wilkes added 8 points for the Bruins. Acquaah led WSU with 11 points in the first half.

UCLA held a 23-17 advantage on the glass in the opening half and a 43-30 edge for the game.

Skaggs drilled his fourth 3-pointer of the second half to cut the lead to 64-62 with 9:34 to play. But the Bruins countered by scoring on six of their next seven possessions and took an 80-68 lead following a 3-pointer by Hands with 4:08 remaining to seal the win.

UCLA coach Steve Alford praised Holiday's leadership.

''Aaron is crucial for us,'' Alford said. ''He had a special game tonight. We're a different team when he's on the floor. Aaron's talking a lot and he's got the respect of his teammates in the locker room and he deserves that. He's doing a great job of leading''.

The Bruins have defeated WSU in five of their last six contests, eight straight times at Pauley Pavilion and are 12-1 in Los Angeles against the Cougars since the start of the 2004-05 season. UCLA extended its record to 58-3 against WSU in Los Angeles.

''It's a really tough place to open the Pac-12 schedule, at UCLA and at USC,'' WSU coach Ernie Kent said. ''But you just have to roll with the schedule. We have some of our young guys who have never played here before, so they didn't understand the energy and the tradition in this building; you really can't duplicate that.''

A moment of silence was observed before the game in memory of former UCLA broadcaster Dick Enberg who died last week of a heart attack at his home in La Jolla, California.

BIG PICTURE

WSU: The Cougars lead the Pac 12 in 3's made per game (11.9) and are ranked 4th nationally. Entering Friday's game, WSU had made 12 or more 3's in eight of its 12 games this season. Four Cougars rank in the top 10 of the Pac 12 for 3's made per game: Malachi Flynn is second (2.83 per game), Franks and Viont'e Daniels are 6th (2.42) and Skaggs is ninth (2.33).

UCLA: The Bruins improved its record against the Cougars to 107-17. Holiday also became the 13th UCLA player in history with at least 1,000 points and 300 assists. Holiday now has 1016 points and 356 assists. Welsh has 1,001 points and 819 rebounds in his career, only the 12th player to score 1,000 points and 800 rebounds.

PAC-12 PLAYER of the WEEK

Holiday was named Pac 12 Player of the Week for the first time in his career after averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 assists in wins over South Dakota and No. 7 Kentucky.

LET'S BE FRANK

WSU junior forward Robert Franks is off to a hot start this season averaging 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting .500 from the field .433 from 3-point range.

UP NEXT

WSU: The Cougars play at Southern California on Sunday evening.

UCLA: The Bruins play host Washington on New Year's Eve.

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Key Players
M. Flynn
22 G
A. Holiday
3 G
36.0 Min. Per Game 36.0
17.6 Pts. Per Game 17.6
5.6 Ast. Per Game 5.6
3.5 Reb. Per Game 3.5
38.2 Field Goal % 47.1
35.4 Three Point % 36.6
87.9 Free Throw % 81.2
+ 3 Carter Skaggs made 3-pt. jump shot 16.0
+ 3 Prince Ali made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aaron Holiday 35.0
  Defensive rebound by Aaron Holiday 1:01
  Robert Franks missed fade-away jump shot 1:03
+ 1 Kris Wilkes made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:18
+ 1 Kris Wilkes made 1st of 2 free throws 1:18
  Shooting foul on Milan Acquaah 1:18
+ 3 Robert Franks made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Malachi Flynn 1:27
+ 1 Jaylen Hands made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:37
+ 1 Jaylen Hands made 1st of 2 free throws 1:37
  Personal foul on Viont'e Daniels 1:37
Team Stats
Points 82 96
Field Goals 28-59 (47.5%) 29-65 (44.6%)
3-Pointers 14-35 (40.0%) 12-28 (42.9%)
Free Throws 12-18 (66.7%) 26-33 (78.8%)
Total Rebounds 30 43
Offensive 2 13
Defensive 27 29
Team 1 1
Assists 14 16
Steals 4 2
Blocks 1 3
Turnovers 7 7
Fouls 23 14
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST
33 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Wash. State 8-5 374582
home team logo UCLA 10-3 425496
Team Stats
away team logo Wash. State 8-5 74.8 PPG 36.2 RPG 14.9 APG
home team logo UCLA 10-3 78.2 PPG 44.2 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
3
R. Franks F 21.6 PPG 7.2 RPG 2.6 APG 49.3 FG%
00
A. Holiday G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
R. Franks F 20 PTS 8 REB 3 AST
A. Holiday G 33 PTS 11 REB 4 AST
47.5 FG% 44.6
40.0 3PT FG% 42.9
66.7 FT% 78.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Franks 20 8 3 7/16 3/9 3/4 2 37 1 1 2 0 8
J. Pollard 12 5 1 4/6 0/0 4/6 3 30 1 0 0 1 4
M. Flynn 9 2 4 3/9 3/8 0/0 3 29 0 0 0 0 2
V. Daniels 3 1 3 1/4 0/3 1/2 2 29 0 0 0 0 1
K. Hinson 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 4 0 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Franks 20 8 3 7/16 3/9 3/4 2 37 1 1 2 0 8
J. Pollard 12 5 1 4/6 0/0 4/6 3 30 1 0 0 1 4
M. Flynn 9 2 4 3/9 3/8 0/0 3 29 0 0 0 0 2
V. Daniels 3 1 3 1/4 0/3 1/2 2 29 0 0 0 0 1
K. Hinson 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 4 0 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Skaggs 17 1 1 6/10 5/8 0/0 3 20 0 0 0 0 1
M. Acquaah 13 6 1 5/7 2/4 1/2 4 28 2 0 4 0 6
A. Chidom 8 4 0 2/5 1/3 3/4 2 17 0 0 0 1 3
D. Cooper 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 1 0 1
D. Bernstine - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ergas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Langston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Shpreyregin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Mickelson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 29 14 28/59 14/35 12/18 23 200 4 1 7 2 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Holiday 33 11 4 11/18 5/5 6/6 2 40 1 1 0 1 10
K. Wilkes 14 5 1 3/9 1/6 7/9 1 25 0 0 1 1 4
T. Welsh 12 14 3 4/11 0/4 4/4 3 33 0 0 0 5 9
G. Goloman 9 4 1 2/4 1/1 4/6 4 30 1 2 1 4 0
P. Ali 3 0 3 1/9 1/5 0/0 0 22 0 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Holiday 33 11 4 11/18 5/5 6/6 2 40 1 1 0 1 10
K. Wilkes 14 5 1 3/9 1/6 7/9 1 25 0 0 1 1 4
T. Welsh 12 14 3 4/11 0/4 4/4 3 33 0 0 0 5 9
G. Goloman 9 4 1 2/4 1/1 4/6 4 30 1 2 1 4 0
P. Ali 3 0 3 1/9 1/5 0/0 0 22 0 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hands 19 3 4 6/9 4/5 3/4 2 24 0 0 1 0 3
C. Smith 4 1 0 1/2 0/1 2/4 1 11 0 0 3 0 1
A. Olesinski 2 4 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 15 0 0 0 2 2
A. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Okwarabizie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 96 42 16 29/65 12/28 26/33 14 200 2 3 7 13 29