LOS ANGELES—The UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team continued their undefeated season, beating the San Diego Toreros 88-68 on Thursday, November 17.
Freshman T.J. Leaf led all scorers with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds in UCLA’s third win of the season. The former high school All-American was complimentary of his teammates after the game.
“I’ve never played with this much talent around me before,” Leaf said. “It takes adjusting to get used to, but we’re starting to get used to our roles. We wanted to give it to them inside a little bit. We really wanted to make our presence felt around the basket and we did that.”
Fellow Freshman Lonzo Ball had 13 points, seven rebounds and eight assists while playing a game-high 38 minutes for the Bruins. Senior Isaac Hamilton and junior Thomas Welsh added 12 points each for UCLA.
Senior Brett Bailey scored a career high 22 points and grabbed nine assists for San Diego, who has lost three straight games to start the season. Junior Cameron Neubauer made six of nine field goals for 14 points.
San Diego’s head coach Lamont Smith cited UCLA’s size and inside presence as the main reason his team lost.
“Our kids really competed, but against an explosive team like UCLA, we gave up so much size,” Smith said. “They had 46 points in the paint; it was not just post-up points, but it’s what they got in the interior.”
The Bruins are now 3-0 overall, and will face the 1-3 Long Beach State 49ers on Sunday, November 20.