Lonzo Ball stars in UCLA win over Cincinnati

UCLA guard Lonzo Ball (2) celebrates after hitting a three-point shot against Cincinnati during a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, March 19, 2017. UCLA won 79-67. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

Rare is it that Lonzo Ball, UCLA’s single-season assist leader, goes a half without an assist. He more than made up for his relatively slow start Sunday night.

The fantastic freshman continued to dazzle for the Bruins (31-4) as he dished out nine second-half assists and racked up 18 points with seven rebounds in UCLA’s 79-67 win over Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Sacramento. The No. 3 Bruins advanced to face No. 2 Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Friday at 6:40 p.m. PT in Memphis.

Ball knocked down two critical 3-pointers, starting with one at the 13:31 mark in the second half that gave UCLA a two-point lead it never relinquished. He scored when he had to, but he also energized his struggling teammates.

TJ Leaf and Bryce Alford combined for three points in the first half, but finished with 11 and 16 points, respectively.

Aaron Holiday continued his stellar play off the bench during the NCAA Tournament with five points, two steals and five assists with no turnovers. The sophomore had 16 assists in the past two games with only two turnovers.

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  • j metaphor

    Lonzo Ball AND Thomas Welsh. Welsh was like a pitching machine set to put the ball through the hoop every time you feed it. Otto Welsh as in automatic. Did he miss a shot last night?
    Lonzo still gives me the impression of a really good sandbagging golfer that he can hit a shot anytime he really needs to. Perfect poise and execution.
    Good job in a game that UCLA Basketball really needed to win.
    Speaking of execution, let’s drop Kentucky and leave no doubt.
    I want to meet Sean Miller again, beat him and call a time out with 1 second to play. Is that too much to ask?

    • Richard

      ZO is the only one who can take us to the Promised Land just like Hazard and Goodrich took over when it was necessary.
      ZO’s 18 pts, 9 assists, 7 rebounds (6 defensive, I think) and 2 steals was the best performance in an NCAA Tourney game since Kemba Walker

      • MPPBruin

        You could tell that when he hit those two threes and Bryce came back and nailed the third that we were going to win. They hit their turning point and never looked back.

    • gotroy22

      ?Lonzo still gives me the impression of a really good sandbagging golfer that he can hit a shot anytime he really needs to. Perfect poise and execution.”- great comment!

  • Rick W

    31-4

  • Sas

    Did Lonzo’s dad play. Just kidding. Where’s Owns?

    • JustOwns

      Never far away Sammy, but my comments are “Nacht und Nebel” moderated over at inside bozo u.

      I tried the 23rd psalm verbatim, but it flunked the is it good for bozo u’s mendoza line mystique.

      • Sas

        We did win two tournament games owns. Can you at least acknowledge that we weren’t one and done? After all that’s what you’ve been calling us.
        Did Wolf ban you?

        • j metaphor

          You did good Sammy. Now you guys can focus on football

          • Sas

            Thanks J.

        • 88 Straight

          Sammy, you guys rocked. The team is still building but you may lose two big pieces.

          You won the BB equivalent of the Sun Bowl.

          • Sas

            I will say that is a compliment. We’ll see if we can build on it.

          • 88 Straight

            It’s a mixed bag SAS. A lot of your counterparts have mocked our bowl games. Just using an equivalency.

          • Sas

            One of the moms on my son’s baseball team is a Bruin graduate and is excited to say that ucla has a good chance to go far this year. I won’t be cheering for them but good luck.

        • JustOwns

          You’re correct Sammy, I’ve been less the charming. So, I admit …………….bozo u…….this is so hard………bozo u made it to the round of 32.

          Not banned in the usual manner – barred from Inside Bozo U access. No, instead, the Inside Bozo U moderators have programed “On hold for moderation” to activate on my every comment.

          For instance, if I were to post “Have a nice day” that phrase goes “on hold for moderation.” So far 99% of my comments have disappeared down the moderator’s “nineteen eighty-four” hole.

          I admit, it’s a clever solution. However censorship by any other solution still SUCCS.

          • Sas

            I’ve been banned at least three times since signing day. Since I went back to SAS I’ve been ok over there. Plus that n*tzi hasn’t been around to antagonize me.. so far so good.

          • j metaphor

            OK now JO let’s get back to Alford.
            Second leading scorer with 16 Points, three assists a steal and perfect from the free throw line.
            I think an apology is warranted. It’s time to take off the “I hate The Alfords” tee shirt and put on the war paint, we need everyone on board.
            We can’t win this without Bryce and you know it. Now repeat after me “I love Bryce, I love his Dad and I love UCLA”
            Three times a day, and you don’t have to face Westwood (but it would be nice)
            Hold the door open for JO Bruins, he has seen the error of his ways.

          • 88 Straight

            Bryce was a very mixed bag in this game. He bricked a lot of shots and played poor defense for long stretches. He also hit a timely 3 and had a nice assist at a key moment. Such is the life of Bryce.

            He is the leading 3 point shooter while missing the most shots! Sounds downright Dickensian.

          • JustOwns

            Brevity is the soul of wit; give it a shot Metaphor.

          • j metaphor

            ..and deflection the tool of the coward. Remember, three times a day; “I love Bryce, I love his Dad, I love UCLA.”

          • JustOwns

            metaphor, the gay hack, needs a ventriloquist.

          • j metaphor

            Drivel

          • JustOwns

            That’s it – jmediocre runs out of whimper and whine?

          • When Bryce hits his shot, he’s an asset, but when he can’t, he’s poison.

      • j metaphor

        It’s my burden to be right 98% of the time. Well coached game didn’t you think, JO? Coach Alford Utilized Ike for key minutes without using him too much, rotated our guards brilliantly and he wore our opponent down like an old toothbrush.
        Bryce was key to the win, as was the case in most of our wins, right?

  • Ed Garrett

    Didn’t we already beat Kentucky? Why do they get a do-over and get to play Ucla again? The NCAA should investigate this or is this more east coast bias? SMH