UCLA squanders double-digit lead, loses in overtime to Michigan

Michigan guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, left, defends UCLA guard Aaron Holiday (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Aaron Holiday had a career-high 27 points against Michigan but it was another career mark that made the biggest impact for UCLA.

Holiday committed seven turnovers, surpassing the career-high six he set in his first collegiate game, as the Bruins gave the ball away 20 times in a 78-69 overtime loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor.

UCLA (7-2) had a 15-point lead with 14:48 to go, seemingly on the cusp of its first victory over a team with a winning record. But the Wolverines (8-3) chipped away steadily, tying the game with a pair of free throws from Eli Brooks at the end of regulation. UCLA turned the ball over five times in the final 15 minutes of the second half after building the double-digit lead without one.

In overtime, UCLA scored four points, off a basket from Holiday and a dunk from G.G. Goloman, but turned it over three times. Michigan was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field during the extra period, including back-to-back 3-pointers to start overtime.

Thomas Welsh tied his career-high in scoring with 22 points while adding 10 rebounds. Holiday, who played every minute of the second half and overtime, also had seven assists. The two upperclassmen combined for 49 of UCLA’s points. The next highest-scoring UCLA player was Goloman with seven.

UCLA returns to Pauley Pavilion next to face No. 17 Cincinnati on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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  • 88 Straight

    Aaron Holiday needs to run the offense and pass the ball to Welsh. Stop playing hero ball. It’s hurting the team.

    • JustOwns

      You’d think?

      • 88 Straight

        I’ve watched them ignore Welsh for a few years. It’s ridiculous.

  • JustOwns

    This was pathetic Bruin Basketball. In last 10 minutes or so I asked the TV why Welsh and Wilkes weren’t getting any shots.

    Reason 1) Jaylen Hands was over dribbling, dribbling the ball off his foot, making terrible passes, and was a clutch turnover machine.

    Reason 2) Goloman and Olesinski BB incompetence,zero defense and repeated bricks. Had O made 2 foul shots instead of 1 of 2, Bruins win the game in regulation.

    • Ed Garrett

      u talk to ur tv?

    • j metaphor

      JO,
      Please, please pick a new University to follow and whine about.
      I understand UC Irvine has a fine basketball program that I think would be perfect for you.

      • JustOwns

        Oh no not again, the lackluster/pedestrian, J Mediocre, emerges from his rental gopher hole to scream and whine about my comments.

        If it were up to you, JimmyBall should have been given a 5 year extension and continue to helm the destruction of UCLA FB program.

        I disagree, and so did UCLA. Yet I’ve never fell so antagonistic toward your quantitative, asinine comments to demand you quit Inside UCLA. I don’t believe in censorship; so when I’m assaulted by Roy Moore cretins, I block their drivel.

        On on the Owns Cretin scale J. Bong, you’re about a 4.5 – a definitive loser, but tolerated, due to spastic synapse.

        • j metaphor

          Obviously. you are an expert on cretins to the point of creating and promoting your own scale. I defer to your superior knowledge of all things cretin, you are clearly immersed in the subject.
          You demand I quit Inside UCLA?
          You greatly overestimate your reach and worth. You sure you didn’t go to SC?
          Were you raised by Trojans?

          • JustOwns

            Hey spastic eyes, read the 3rd paragraph beginning with “I disagree…” again.

            Be sure to use your index finger to underline each word slowly to help keep your reading accurately focused.

            If the shoe fits J Bong, wear it.

          • j metaphor

            Your response assumes that you could ban someone from returning IF you demanded it.
            Clearly an inflated sense of self-worth and personal power (with a pinch of denial) on exhibit here.
            Again I ask; Were you raised by Trojans?

          • JustOwns

            See ya.

          • j metaphor

            OHHHHHH NOOOOOOOO!!!!!
            I fear J.O. may have blocked me!
            I am ruined!
            P.S. you lose.

  • Sandy Underpants

    I can’t believe this, I’ve been trolling Michigan’s fansites ever since we got the insurmountable lead. I didn’t even bother to watch the rest of the game. Now I understand all the responses. First we lose to USC the last 3 years in a row and now this. At least this is basketball and nobody is paying attention.

    • JustOwns

      Nappies, congrats to the bozo u WP team for finishing in 2nd place in the WP National Championship NCAA tournament.

      • Sandy Underpants

        I know WP is bigger at UCLA than Basketball (or football), but where I come from WP stands for toilet.

  • j metaphor

    I think this team is showing great defensive effort early in the season which should benefit them as they gain experience and learn, as I’m sure Alford has told them, you can’t dribble your way to greatness.

    • 88 Straight

      Don’t tell. Teach. Drill it in practice. Don’t allow it to happen against Detroit Mercy where it may work because it won’t work against good teams. The defense was indeed much better and has been improving.

      However, the recognition that we need to run an actual offense through Thomas Welsh is simply not happening enough.

  • assimilation

    With the added point bonus for shots taken beyond the arc… the game has turned …. as I predicted it would…. into a ridiculous 3 points shooting contest, because the wide open ones are now like layups by a growing number of players taking them, while the contested ones are easier to make than in traffic and around the rim where many inside shots get blocked with the big men presence, and when made here you only get 2 points. That does not make sense!

    With the added point, players have progressively been better at it, by practicing it and practicing it . Even the big men have joined the circus.

    Why would it be otherwise when you can easily get 3 points instead of two. If it was not true ….why then do they constantly try to find the open guy beyond the arc.

    You can push the line as much as you can ,with a maximum of 6 points , then here again the game will progressively turn into a ridiculous 6 points contest . It is not difficult to understand!

    So why bother playing 40 minutes, as well make it a pure straight 3 points or more shooting contest by pushing the line back a few feet each time with another adding bonus point.

    It s amazing to me that all the Basketball pundits are not seeing this or questioning it

    Basketball at its best is a game of ball movements to try to position the last player with the ball with the best open shot possible which ultimately is being wide open under the basket with a layup, and not that ridiculous 3 points shot contest.

    Otherwise why bother playing 40 minutes, as well make it a straight pure shooting contest by pushing the line back a few feet each time with another added bonus point.

    • EncinitasBruin

      Laker Rod, is that you?

      • j metaphor

        Long winded?-Check
        Self-congratulating? (“as I predicted it would”)-Check
        Egotistic?- Check
        A legend in his own mind?-Check
        Thats a 99% match.
        If only he had mentioned how freshman shouldn’t start we could be sure.
        Let’s take DNA sample from the slobber he left on this site so we can nail it.

        • 88 Straight

          What’s missing are:
          1. A list of players going back 20 years but no further.

          2. Personal insults of all Bruin fans as dummies or m0r0ns.

          3. Blaming stupid fans for any problems associated with the team and/or the coaching.

          • j metaphor

            Oh, yeah, and those too.
            Still, I think we have a match.

          • 88 Straight

            He’s not clever enough to figure out how to come back.

  • assimilation

    Jaylen hands has bad hands to be a point guards, He dribbles way too wide to be in full control of the ball!

  • MPPBruin

    I didn’t get to watch the game, I only kept track of the scores as it went on. We had a double digit lead, then Michigan called a timeout and progressively chipped away and we couldn’t keep up.

    What does that say to me? We got outcoached. Michigan shifted their strategy and we couldn’t make adjustments accordingly. Maybe those who watched the game can shed more light, but we lost an opportunity for a nice road win. It’s frustrating to see things like that slip away.

  • Why have you not reported on Ball brothers leaving?