UCLA crushes Cal for first road win of year

Cal scored the first two points against UCLA on Saturday. That brief seven-second lead was the only lead the Bruins allowed all evening.

UCLA blew out Cal 107-84 in Haas Pavilion for the Bruins’ first road win of the season behind a hot shooting night from beyond the arc.

The Bruins made 17-of-30 3-point attempts, including 9-of-11 in the second half.

Junior guard Aaron Holiday led six double-digit scorers with 21 points and five assists. Senior center Thomas Welsh had a double-double by halftime when UCLA (12-4, 3-2 Pac-12) had a commanding 21-point lead and finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman guard Jaylen Hands had 11 points, eight assists and just one turnover.

Cal (7-9, 1-2 Pac-12) outrebounded the Bruins 40-35, including 21 offensive rebounds, but couldn’t overcome a terrible shooting night in which the Bears shot 25.6 percent from the field in the first half.

Four consecutive 3-pointers in a 12-3 Cal run midway through the second half cut the deficit to 11 with 10:53 to go, but the Bruins responded by scoring 12 of the next 16 points to stave off any chances for another blown lead on the road.

After getting a split in the road in the Bay Area, the Bruins return home to host Utah on Thursday at 8 p.m.