Lonzo Ball on Isaac Hamilton: ‘Obviously, he’s back.’


None of the three UCLA players who had postgame press conferences after Thursday’s 102-80 win over Arizona State had any idea Isaac Hamilton tied a significant school record.

It’s hard to blame them. Bryce Alford tied the same record with nine 3-pointers in a game a week earlier. It’s probably just understood at this point that No. 3 UCLA is so special offensively, breaking records just comes with the territory.

Hamilton wasn’t one of the three players made available to the media after the game because the senior guard was getting stitches after suffering a lacerated tongue. But making 9 of 14 attempts from 3-point range and scoring a season-high 33 points had to mean a great deal to him after a recent shooting slump during which he made 4 of 34 attempts from beyond the arc range over a seven-game stretch.

Hamilton made 4 of 5 3-pointers a week ago, seemingly pulling out of the slump during a win at Colorado, where UCLA set a school record with 19 3-pointers. But Hamilton followed that with a 1-for-7 performance from beyond the arc in Saturday’s 83-82 win at Utah. He made 7 of 8 from 3-point range in Thursday’s first half alone, outscoring Arizona by himself, 25-21, by the time he made his seventh with 6:08 left in the first half.

“Obviously, he’s back,” Lonzo Ball said. “I like playing with him when he’s like that.”

Links to our coverage of the 102-80 win over Arizona State:

  • Game story: Hamilton leads UCLA to best start since 1992
  • Notebook: UCLA to honor Kareem at halftime of Arizona game
  • Video: Lonzo Ball ready for UCLA’s offense to get even better
  • Video: TJ Leaf takes it personally when teams try to run with UCLA