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UCLA beats California 98-83 to start Pac-12 play at 2-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) Two-a-day practices during holiday break. An emphasis on team unity. It's a different time at UCLA these days.

Nowhere is that more evident than in the Bruins' results.

Kris Wilkes scored 18 points and UCLA pulled away in the second half to beat California 98-83 on Saturday, giving the Bruins a sweep on the opening weekend of Pac-12 play.

''We're all great players. You know when you hit adversity you need to find a way to get out of it,'' said reserve Jules Bernard, one of six Bruins in double figures with 12 points. ''I don't think we were working as hard as we possibly could earlier.''

They are now under interim coach Murry Bartow, who replaced Steve Alford after he was fired on Monday amid a four-game skid. Bartow has had the players practicing twice daily and lifting weights during their break from classes.

''It all starts in practice. We're all happy for each other. We're like brothers,'' said Moses Brown, who had 16 points and nine rebounds. ''We all want the best for each other.''

Chris Smith had 15 points and reserve David Singleton had a second straight career high with 14 points for the Bruins.

Bartow has the Bruins playing a fast-paced style that is drawing cheers instead of boos inside Pauley Pavilion. Their points were the most the team has scored this season.

''This pace sort of fits our playing style a little more,'' Bernard said. ''We're active scorers and like to get the ball out and run. When we have that sort of freedom we play more like ourselves.''

UCLA (9-6, 2-0 Pac-12) used a 12-2 run to go up 72-58, with Brown and Smith combining to score 10 of the 12 points.

Cal (5-9, 0-2) opened the second half on a 14-10 run to get within four, but the Golden Bears never got any closer. They haven't won at UCLA since Feb. 11, 2012, a span of six straight losses.

Darius McNeill scored 23 points to lead Cal. Justice Sueing added 18 points and nine rebounds. Sueing made all eight of his free throws, while the Bears were 21 of 25 from the line.

Bears coach Wyking Jones shook up the lineup, starting four reserves along with Juhwan Harris-Dyson.

''Guys think that their starting positions are something that is given to them. I wanted to do something different,'' Jones said. ''The guys that started have been working hard and giving us great things in practice.''

After Cal opened a seven-point lead to start the game, the Bruins settled down. They ripped off 10 points in a row to take the lead for good. Prince Ali's one-handed dunk off Singleton's steal closed out the first half with the Bruins leading 50-42.

BIG PICTURE

California: The Bears need to regroup after giving up 82 points in a loss at USC and 98 to UCLA. After having just two games with double-digit turnovers last season, they committed 19 against the Bruins.

UCLA: The Bruins are playing at a faster speed under Bartow and they appear much more energized. They've topped 90 points in both games under him. Their next test comes with a three-game road trip to the Oregon schools and rival USC.

MESSY

The Bruins committed 22 turnovers - two short of their season high - and Bartow sees it as a result of their sped up play.

''We're trying to run on makes and misses,'' he said. ''A lot of things we've got to clean up.''

VANOVER'S BACK

Connor Vanover tied his career high with 10 points and four rebounds in his second game since returning from a concussion and broken nose on Dec. 15. Against USC on Thursday, the 7-foot-3 forward had 10 points and three blocked shots.

''Honestly, I was pretty fatigued,'' he said. ''I just have to get my minutes back up.''

AUSTIN OUT

The Bears didn't have guard Paris Austin who got hurt in practice on Friday. He had 13 points, five rebounds and six assists against USC.

''We turned the ball over 19 times. You don't do that with him in the lineup,'' Jones said.

UP NEXT

California: Hosts Arizona State on Wednesday.

UCLA: Visits Oregon on Thursday.

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Key Players
P. Austin
3 G
J. Hands
29.8 Min. Per Game 29.8
11.7 Pts. Per Game 11.7
6.9 Ast. Per Game 6.9
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
48.9 Field Goal % 36.8
35.0 Three Point % 30.3
74.2 Free Throw % 75.0
  Defensive rebound by Armani Dodson 5.0
  Darius McNeill missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
+ 1 Kris Wilkes made 2nd of 2 free throws 21.0
+ 1 Kris Wilkes made 1st of 2 free throws 21.0
  Shooting foul on Justice Sueing 21.0
  Defensive rebound by Chris Smith 46.0
  Justice Sueing missed 3-pt. jump shot 48.0
+ 1 Chris Smith made 2nd of 2 free throws 57.0
+ 1 Chris Smith made 1st of 2 free throws 57.0
  Personal foul on Justice Sueing 57.0
  Bad pass turnover on Matt Bradley, stolen by Chris Smith 58.0
Team Stats
Points 83 98
Field Goals 29-69 (42.0%) 34-64 (53.1%)
3-Pointers 4-20 (20.0%) 9-23 (39.1%)
Free Throws 21-25 (84.0%) 21-30 (70.0%)
Total Rebounds 36 42
Offensive 11 12
Defensive 22 29
Team 3 1
Assists 9 18
Steals 17 10
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 18 22
Fouls 26 19
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 1 REB
18 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo California 5-9 424183
home team logo UCLA 9-6 504898
Team Stats
away team logo California 5-9 68.4 PPG 31.6 RPG 10.9 APG
home team logo UCLA 9-6 78.2 PPG 44.2 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
1
D. McNeill G 11.0 PPG 1.4 RPG 0.9 APG 39.1 FG%
13
K. Wilkes G 17.4 PPG 4.8 RPG 1.7 APG 43.3 FG%
Top Scorers
D. McNeill G 23 PTS 1 REB 0 AST
K. Wilkes G 18 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
42.0 FG% 53.1
20.0 3PT FG% 39.1
84.0 FT% 70.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bradley 15 3 5 5/11 0/3 5/7 3 34 3 0 4 1 2
C. Vanover 10 4 0 4/9 0/3 2/2 1 29 1 1 1 1 3
G. Anticevich 9 3 1 4/7 1/1 0/0 2 17 3 1 3 2 1
J. Gordon 4 6 0 1/6 0/2 2/2 2 16 1 0 1 1 5
J. Harris-Dyson 2 1 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 5 11 0 1 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bradley 15 3 5 5/11 0/3 5/7 3 34 3 0 4 1 2
C. Vanover 10 4 0 4/9 0/3 2/2 1 29 1 1 1 1 3
G. Anticevich 9 3 1 4/7 1/1 0/0 2 17 3 1 3 2 1
J. Gordon 4 6 0 1/6 0/2 2/2 2 16 1 0 1 1 5
J. Harris-Dyson 2 1 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 5 11 0 1 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. McNeill 23 1 0 8/16 3/7 4/4 3 37 7 0 3 0 1
J. Sueing 18 9 1 5/12 0/4 8/8 3 36 1 0 2 2 7
A. Kelly 2 5 0 1/5 0/0 0/2 5 11 1 1 1 4 1
R. Davis 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 0 2 0 1
P. Austin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Orender - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Erving - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Zhao - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Serge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Welle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 33 9 29/69 4/20 21/25 26 200 17 4 18 11 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wilkes 18 5 3 7/16 0/4 4/4 2 29 1 1 3 2 3
M. Brown 16 9 0 7/10 0/0 2/6 3 22 0 2 5 5 4
C. Smith 15 5 2 3/6 0/1 9/10 3 26 3 0 3 1 4
P. Ali 11 5 1 4/7 2/3 1/1 3 23 1 0 2 2 3
J. Hands 6 2 6 2/8 0/4 2/2 1 26 2 0 5 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wilkes 18 5 3 7/16 0/4 4/4 2 29 1 1 3 2 3
M. Brown 16 9 0 7/10 0/0 2/6 3 22 0 2 5 5 4
C. Smith 15 5 2 3/6 0/1 9/10 3 26 3 0 3 1 4
P. Ali 11 5 1 4/7 2/3 1/1 3 23 1 0 2 2 3
J. Hands 6 2 6 2/8 0/4 2/2 1 26 2 0 5 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Singleton 14 1 2 5/7 3/4 1/2 0 24 1 0 1 0 1
J. Bernard 12 2 2 4/8 4/7 0/1 2 14 1 0 2 0 2
J. Hill 6 5 1 2/2 0/0 2/2 2 18 0 0 1 1 4
A. Olesinski 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1
A. Dodson 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
C. Riley 0 4 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 12 0 0 0 0 4
K. Nwuba 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
R. Stong 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Campbell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. O'Neal - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 98 41 18 34/64 9/23 21/30 19 200 10 3 22 12 29