Holiday leads UCLA past Cal, 70-57

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Holiday leads UCLA past Cal, 70-57
UCLA guard Jaylen Hands, left, shoots as California guard Nick Hamilton defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Holiday scored 21 points and had six assists and freshmen Jaylen Hands had 14 points to lead UCLA to a 70-57 victory over California on Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Freshman Justice Sueing led Cal (7-14, 1-7 Pac-12) with 24 points. The Bears dropped their seventh straight.

The Bears took their last lead, 47-45, on a Sueing 3-pointer but UCLA (14-7, 5-4) responded with a 16-4 run to seize command.

UCLA connected on just 41.7 percent of its 48 field-goal attempts and Cal shot 35.5 percent (22 of 66).

The Bears outrebounded UCLA 41-34 and outscored the Bruins 20-6 in second-chance points, but committed 15 turnovers. Freshman Marcus Lee added 13 points for the Cal.

Sueing scored 10 points, including two 3-pointers, as the Bears took a 27-14 lead. But UCLA starting playing with new energy, rolling off a 16-0 run and Cal went 8:25 without a field goal before trailing 38-31 at the half.

The Bruins’ scoring run oddly coincided with center Thomas Welch — their leading rebounder and third-leading scorer — going down with a left knee sprain. He exited the court with 9:07 to play in the first half and did not return until 3:04 into the second half. He finished with seven points and five rebounds. Kris Wilkes added 10 points.

Cal’s leading scorer (16.9 per game), Don Coleman, did not play due to a violation of team rules.

BIG PICTURE

Cal: The Bears won their Pac-12 opener over Stanford, 77-74, but have lost every game since.

UCLA: The Bruins hardly got the overall strong game they were hoping would turn their season around, but had to feel they at least made positive step.

UP NEXT

Cal: Remain in Los Angeles to play USC on Sunday. After some early struggles, the Trojans have won five straight.

UCLA: Stay at home to play Stanford on Saturday. The Cardinal won their first meeting at Stanford, 107-99.

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