UCLA Downs Weber State, 83-60, to Improve to 10-2
LOS ANGELES - Kyle Anderson helped put UCLA back in the win column by scoring a career-high 23 points, leading the Bruins to a 83-60 win over Weber State on Sunday night at Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins (10-2) were coming off a 17-point loss to No. 8 Duke on Thursday night, but they improved to 8-0 at home with the win over the visiting Wildcats (2-5).
Tony Parker finished with 15 points and five rebounds, while Bryce Alford logged 10 points, six assists and zero turnovers.
Weber State took an early lead thanks to some hot shooting but the Wildcats cooled down quickly. UCLA used a 22-5 run in the first half to build a 33-21 lead, and were never threatened again.
Anderson, one of six players with a triple-double this season, finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Anderson settled for his sixth double-double of the season, the 14th of his career.
The Bruins started off slowly, connecting on just three of its first nine field goals. UCLA turned that around quickly enough by hitting eight of its next 10 shots.
Weber State, meanwhile, did the opposite. The Wildcats scored on four of their first six shots before converting just two of their next 12.
That led to a 22-5 run by the Bruins that turned a 16-11 deficit into a 33-21 lead.
Anderson was the catalyst in the opening half, scoring 15 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out five assists.
Weber State did everything it could to return to its 2012-13 form, in which it won 30 games. But this version of the Wildcats is considerably younger with two freshmen starting.
The Bruins led by as many as 15 points in the first half before two baskets and two free throws by Richaud Gittens trimmed the deficit to seven points.
Anderson pushed the lead to 44-34 in the Bruins’ favor with a 3-point basket at the buzzer.
Kyle Tresnak got the Wildcats back to within nine points early in the second half but the Bruins went on a 22-5 run to take a 70-44 lead.
Zach LaVine was even given a mulligan of sorts during the run. He missed on a dunk shot but moments later made amends for it when Weber State's Royce Williams missed a short jump shot.
Tony Parker grabbed the rebound and the Bruins went on the attack. This time LaVine was able to slam the ball home, extending the Bruins' lead to 68-44. Another miss by Williams led to a layup by Parker and a 70-44 advantage.
The Wildcats were led by Gittens and Davion Berry, who scored 15 and 14 points, respectively.