Alford Earns First Career Pac-12 Weekly Honor
SAN FRANCISCO - UCLA junior Bryce Alford averaged 21.5 points and shot 50 percent behind the arc, highlighted by key late three pointers in each of the Bruins’ two victories, to capture his first-ever Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week award as voted upon by media who cover the league.
Alford shot 55 percent from the field (16-29), including 8-of-16 behind the arc, and added 5.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals to guide UCLA (11-6, 2-2) to home wins over No. 7 ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE.
The 6-3 guard from Albuquerque, N.M., opened the week with a game-winning three pointer with 1.8 seconds left to lift UCLA to an 87-84 upset of No. 7 Arizona and earn ESPN SportsCenter’s No. 1 play for Thursday. Alford finished with a team-high 25 points (9-18 FG, 5-11 3FG), six assists and four rebounds in the win over the Wildcats, which gave the Bruins their third Top 25 triumph this season. In Saturday’s 81-74 victory against Arizona State, Alford totaled 18 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3FG), four assists and two steals, and connected on a game-clinching corner three to push UCLA’s lead to six with 24 seconds left.
Alford leads the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (87.5%) and minutes played (37.1 mpg), and ranks third in the league in scoring (17.4 ppg), fourth in assists (5.1 apg) and fifth in made three pointers (2.2 3FGM).
After having an NCAA-best nine teams in last week’s CBSSports.com Bracketology projection from Jerry Palm, the Pac-12 has a nation-leading eight teams in ESPN.com’s latest Bracketology via Joe Lunardi.
This week’s 10-game Pac-12 schedule is spotlighted by a pair of regional rivalry games as UCLA hosts USC on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. PT on ESPN2, while STANFORD welcomes CALIFORNIA on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. PT on FS1. For more information, including a full television schedule, visit www.pac-12.com.
ALSO NOMINATED: Kaleb Tarczewski, ARIZ; George King, COLO; Dillon Brooks, ORE; Gary Payton II, OSU; Rosco Allen, STAN; Julian Jacobs, USC; Lorenzo Bonam, UTAH; Andrew Andrews, WASH; Josh Hawkinson, WSU.
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