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Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Anderson scored 21 points to go with six rebounds and nine assists to lead 18th-ranked UCLA to an 89-76 win over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday.
Jordan Adams added 22 points, Zach LaVine netted 15 and Norman Powell finished with 13 for the Bruins (8-0), who will visit Missouri on Saturday.
Alan Williams scored 23 points and Kyle Boswell chipped in with 18 on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range for the Gauchos (3-3), losers in three of their last four.
Michael Bryson added 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the setback.
After Bryce Alford nailed a jumper to give UCLA a 28-24 lead with just under nine minutes remaining in the first half, Taran Brown, Zalmico Harmon and Bryson each drained consecutive treys to ignite a 14-4 Santa Barbara burst.
The Bruins managed to chip away at the lead and Powell's 3-pointer tied the game at 40-40 with 2:22 remaining. Both teams managed to make just one basket the rest of the way to go into the break knotted up at 42-42.
The Gauchos, who went 13-of-26 from 3-point range, were 9-for-11 from beyond the arc over the first 20 minutes.
The second half remained close with neither side taking a lead larger than three points until Anderson stripped Eric Childress and found Tony Parker for a breakway slam to put the Bruins up 70-65 with 7:15 left.
Powell then knocked down a pair of free throws 45 seconds later for a 72-65 edge and the Gauchos couldn't get closer than five the rest of the way.
Game Notes: UCLA forced 17 Santa Barbara turnovers, but gave it away just seven times ... Williams has reached at least 21 points in each game he appeared in this season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA agreed to a six-year extension with football coach Jim Mora on Tuesday night, putting him under contract through 2019.
The Bruins moved swiftly to fend off any potential advances from Washington, where Mora was a walk-on defensive back and a graduate assistant more than 30 years ago. The Huskies have a coaching vacancy after Steve Sarkisian left Monday for USC.
''This is an exciting time for UCLA football, and the continued commitment our administration has provided gives us every chance to reach our goals,'' Mora said in a statement issued by the university. ''This staff came here with a commitment to win a national championship. That commitment stands.''
Mora has been an immediate hit in Westwood in his first significant college football job after 25 years in the NFL. UCLA is 18-8 in his two seasons, returning to national prominence heading into the Bruins' second straight trip to a bowl game.
No. 17 UCLA (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) routed rival Southern California 35-14 at the Coliseum on Saturday for Mora's second straight win over the Trojans. The Bruins won the Pac-12 South last season and finished second this year, one game behind Arizona State.
''Jim Mora has established himself as one of the pre-eminent coaches in all of college football,'' UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. ''We are excited about the commitment Jim has made to our student-athletes and this university, and feel this extension further demonstrates UCLA's commitment to building a championship-caliber football program.''
Mora seemed to be a tantalizing candidate for Washington, which has been rebuilt into a perennial bowl team by Sarkisian.
Mora played at Washington under famed coach Don James and once described the Huskies' top position as his dream job. He and his wife, a former Huskies cheerleader, stayed in the Seattle area in 2010 after the NFL's Seahawks fired him after one season.
But Mora's family and charitable foundation are becoming increasingly entrenched in Los Angeles. The Moras' son, Cole, is a soccer player at Claremont McKenna, a short drive east of downtown.
The school didn't announce terms of Mora's contract extension, which must be approved by the University of California Regents. Mora got a five-year contract worth more than $11 million when he arrived at UCLA, and he received a one-year extension worth $2.5 million last year.
UCLA is planning a $50 million football training complex for its Westwood campus to bring the Bruins' facilities up to the lofty standard of most Pac-12 programs. Mora also has spoken of wanting more money to pay assistant coaches to live on UCLA's pricey Westside.
Mora should have a powerful team returning next season after giving extensive playing time to young players this season. UCLA also might get another year from quarterback Brett Hundley, who said Mora's future would impact his decision on entering the NFL draft.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of Golden State squads step on the floor for the first time in December when the No. 18 UCLA Bruins play host to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Pauley Pavilion.
After the first month of the season the Gauchos are in possession of an middling, 3-2 record. The Gauchos erased a two-game slide on Friday with an 83-64 triumph over South Dakota State. Alan Williams was incredible in the win, nearly posting a triple-double with 39 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks.
Seven teams have tried to beat UCLA and all seven have failed. The most recent victim of the Bruins' wrath was Northwestern, which got run over, 95-79, during the Las Vegas Invitational. UCLA is getting back to Pauley Pavilion after opening the season with five straight wins on its home court.
When these teams last met UCSB earned its first win ever against UCLA, taking a 61-60 final at Pauley Pavilion. The win ended an 18-game win streak for the Bruins against the Gauchos.
Williams carried the Gauchos to victory against South Dakota State in one of the more impressive individual efforts of the season by any player. The 6- foot-7 junior took 25 shots in the game, making 16, while accounting for nearly half of the Gauchos' point total. The rest of the roster fell in line behind Williams, as UCSB hit 55.2 percent of their field-goal attempts and assisted on 24 field goals.
Friday wasn't the first and certainly won't be the last time that Williams does the heavy lifting. On the year he is averaging a double-double (29 ppg, 11.7 rpg), though he missed two games. UCSB lost both of those contests. Williams does have players aiding him though. Taran Brown (10.6 ppg, 6.6 apg) works as a complementary scorer but is more important for his ability to find others on the court. Michael Bryson (12.2 ppg) adds depth with his 42.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Kyle Boswell (9.6 ppg, 4.2 apg) fits in nicely with Bryson and Brown in the backcourt.
UCLA put on a shooting clinic against Northwestern, especially from 3-point range. The Bruins netted 63.6 percent of their field-goal attempts, including an incredible 13-of-17 showing from beyond the arc. UCLA also helped itself to 14 Northwestern turnovers to put up 20 points.
In his first season as head coach, Steve Alford has the Bruins, who were potent offensively a year ago, playing on another level. UCLA is among the top 10 teams in the country in points (90.9 ppg), assists (20.1 pg) and field-goal percentage (.556). In fact, only Gonzaga is shooting a better percentage from the floor among Division I teams. Potent scoring guard Jordan Adams (21.4 ppg) has excelled as the top option now that he does not need to share the go-to spot with Shabazz Muhammad. Zach LaVine (14.3 ppg) is scoring well off the bench, especially from beyond the arc. Then there is Kyle Anderson (13 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 7.6 apg), who may have no equal in the country in terms of versatility.
(Saturday, November 30th)
Final Score: (22) UCLA 35, (23) Southern California 14
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - UCLA beat USC at the Coliseum for the first time since 1997.
Brett Hundley carried the ball 13 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the 22nd-ranked Bruins' 35-14 victory over the 23rd-ranked Trojans.
Hundley connected on 18-of-27 passes for 208 yards for UCLA (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12), which won four of five to end the regular season.
Cody Kessler completed 17-of-28 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown for USC (9-4, 6-3), which had won five straight in its revitalized season under interim coach Ed Orgeron.
Ed Orgeron’s success since taking over as head coach at USC has made him a very well-known name across the world of college football. He is earning the respect of players, fans and opposing coaches.
UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr. went so far as to disclose to the media that he voted for Orgeron as the Pac-12 Coach of the Year when he was asked about what has been different for the Trojans since Coach O took over.
“Enthusiasm and passion,” Mora said. “It looks like they’re having a lot of fun playing football. Confidence. He gave them a real spark. When you come into a situation like that where you’re an interim head coach and the likelihood of you being retained from the outside perception, it really frees you up to go after it. Coach O, I think everybody that knows him knows he has an infectious personality. You see it in the way his team plays.”
That’s some serious praise from a coaching colleague from Mora to Orgeron. While high profile names like Kevin Sumlin and Jack Del Rio have been linked to the USC job for next year, Orgeron has certainly legitimized himself as a candidate.
His 6-1 record speaks for itself.
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