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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UCLA faces toughest task of year at Michigan

UCLA guard Jaylen Hands, right, dribbles past South Carolina guard Tyvoris Solomon during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

It’s easy to look good against Detroit Mercy in Pauley Pavilion. Now UCLA has to do it on the road against a Big Ten opponent.

After its “growth week” was cut short by wildfires that canceled Wednesday’s game against Montana, UCLA (7-1) face Michigan on Saturday at 9 a.m. PT on CBS in the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines (7-3) are 5-0 at home while the Bruins are playing their first true road game of the season.

The Bruins (7-1) are coming off their most complete effort of the year, reducing their 106-73 win over Detroit Mercy on Sunday into a high-flying dunk contest. Freshman Jaylen Hands had a career-high 23 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

But UCLA has yet to record a win against a team with a winning record. The Bruins are 2-1 against teams from power conferences, with the two victories coming by a combined five points. UCLA survived against Georgia Tech (4-4 overall record) in China then needed a last-second layup to edge out Wisconsin (4-6) in Kansas City, Mo.

Junior forward Mortiz Wagner leads Michigan with 15.4 points per game and is the only Wolverine to score in double-figures in every game this year. He also leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 per game.

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