UCLA knocks LMU from unbeaten ranks with 82-58 win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jaylen Hands and Moses Brown had double-doubles and UCLA knocked Loyola Marymount from the unbeaten ranks with an 82-58 victory on Sunday night.
The Bruins (6-2) led all the way while holding the Lions (8-1) to their lowest point total of the season. LMU came in having won by an average of 17.8 points during its streak.
But the Lions never got untracked. None of their starters had more than five points at halftime. James Batemon, who averages a team-leading 20.3 points, got in foul trouble and finished with seven points.
Hands had 17 points and 10 assists, while Brown added 12 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Kris Wilkes scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half.
Dameane Douglas led the Lions with 11 points and Petr Herman added 10 points off the bench.
LMU got within nine points early in the second half before the Bruins ran off seven straight points, including Cody Riley’s 3-point play, to go up 52-36.
The Lions answered with a 12-6 spurt in which Batemon scored six that left them trailing by 10. But he picked up his third foul. Eli Scott and Jeffery McClendon also got their third fouls over the final 9:58.
UCLA closed the game on a 24-10 run featuring dunks by Prince Ali, Wilkes and Hands off his own steal.
The schools separated by 11 miles were playing for the first time since 2011, when the Lions upset the Bruins 69-58 in the teams’ season opener.
Loyola Marymount: The Lions have just one road game outside of California over the next 1 ½ months that includes the first weekend of West Coast Conference play, giving them a chance to start a new winning streak.
UCLA: The Bruins are in the midst of a key stretch of four straight home games against teams with impressive starts. So far, they’ve beaten Hawaii and LMU with Notre Dame and Belmont (with one loss each) coming up.
Loyola Marymount: At Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday in the second of three straight road games.
UCLA: Hosts Notre Dame on Saturday.
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