Pac-12 Tournament: UCLA's Issac Hamilton scores 36 points vs. USC with a heavy heart
LAS VEGAS – There was no stopping UCLA guard Isaac Hamilton in Thursday's Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament matchup against USC.
Hamilton seemingly scored at will against the rival Trojans, dropping a career-high 36 points on 13-of-17 shooting, including 7-of-9 from three-point land to lead the Bruins to a 96-70 victory. Making things more remarkable – Hamilton was playing with a heavy heart following the passing of his grandmother earlier this week.
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UCLA coach Steve Alford revealed the news during the opening statement to Thursday's post-game press conference, with Hamitlon sitting beside him.
"Couldn't be happier for Isaac," Alford said. "Sometimes we kind of forget and we go through things day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month, playing games, and you kind of forget that these guys are student-athletes. So not only academically, but you get things dealt with you in life, too. He had the passing of his grandmother this week, lived a winderful life and they're such a wonderful family. For him to have a game like this, you know, on the heels of her passing, that's a pretty special situation to be in."