BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — T.J. Leaf scored 21 points, fellow freshman Lonzo Ball added 19 and No. 2 UCLA shot 67 percent in beating Michigan 102-84 on Saturday to improve to 10-0.

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Bryce Alford added 18 points and Aaron Holiday had 17 for the Bruins, who made 15 3-pointers, just off the school-record 18 they had in winning their season opener against Pacific. Holiday hit all five of his 3-point attempts.

The Bruins topped 100 points for the fourth time this season.

Zak Irvin scored 18 points to lead the Wolverines (7-3). They dueled with the Bruins in a first-half shootout before cooling off in the second half.

Michigan got within five for the last time with just under eight minutes to go. UCLA went on a 17-6 run, getting 3-pointers from Holiday and Alford (two), to go up 94-78 and put the game away.

The Wolverines were limited to three field goals over the final seven minutes.

Both teams hit over 60 percent from the floor in the first half.

Of the Wolverines’ 19 made baskets, 12 were 3-pointers. The Bruins made 10 3-pointers, with Ball making all four of his attempts. The freshman’s last one from midway between the 3-point and half court lines pulled UCLA into a 50-all tie at halftime.

Late in the half, the Wolverines outscored UCLA 15-2, including three 3-pointers, to take a 48-41 lead. The Bruins managed to tie it up on 3-pointers by Isaac Hamilton, Holiday and Ball.

BIG PICTURE

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UCLA: The Bruins are in the midst of a series of stiff challenges. A week ago, they upset then-No. 1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena to zoom nine spots to their highest ranking since November 2007. After hosting UC Santa Barbara next week, they face Ohio State in Las Vegas on Dec. 17.

INJURED BIG MAN

Thomas Welsh, UCLA’s 7-foot center, was a late scratch from the starting lineup with a bruised right knee hurt in practice. G.G. Goloman, a junior from Hungary, earned his first career start in Welsh’s place and fouled out with six points and two rebounds. Welsh averages 11.1 points and 9.6 rebounds.

FACES IN THE CROWD

Actor Vince Vaughn waved a blue-and-gold pompom, former UCLA coach Steve Lavin and former Bruins star Baron Davis were among the first sellout crowd of the season. Actress Jessica Alba made it a family affair, sitting between her husband Cash Warren and father-in-law and retired UCLA star Mike Warren.

UP NEXT

Michigan: Host Central Arkansas on Tuesday beginning a stretch of three consecutive home games to wrap up non-conference play.

UCLA: The Bruins host UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday.

 

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