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As his time in a UCLA uniform nears its end, senior guard Norman Powell is playing some of the best basketball of his career. In UCLA’s 72-67 win over Washington State on Sunday, he paved the way with a career-high 28 points.
But he wouldn’t have gotten there if not for the Cougars’ foul-happy ways. Powell took six of his 10 free throws in the final 41 seconds, and needed every one of them to hit his new milestone. Continue reading →
Steve Alford called UCLA’s 72-67 win over Washington State a “gut-check” for his team, one that came when none of the pressure was on the ninth-place visitors. The Bruins trailed for nearly 25 minutes, and only led by three points with 15 seconds left.
“Sometimes a sloppy game can look sloppy because there are a lot of free throws,” he said, pointing out that UCLA had 31 attempts to WSU’s 12. “I’ve got to watch tape. We only have 11 turnovers on the night. That’s a low-turnover game again. Assists are down because we’re driving so hard. … There’s a lot of positives with this game.”
UCLA center Thomas Welsh (40) grabs a rebound over Long Beach State’s David Samuels during a 77-63 win on Nov. 23, 2014. (Stephen Carr/Staff)
Thomas Welsh made his third career start for UCLA on Sunday, replacing center Tony Parker in the lineup against Washington State.
Parker was stuck to the bench for tipoff at Pauley Pavilion because he had been late to a shootaround earlier in the day, but entered the game at the 14:40 mark of the first half. Welsh had also replaced Parker for games at Oregon State and Oregon in January, which the junior missed due to back spasms.
During that trip, the 7-foot freshman totaled 12 points and 11 rebounds in 59 combined minutes against the Beavers and the Ducks. UCLA lost both games.
Welsh is averaging 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting in his first season.