LOS ANGELES — Aaron Holiday scored 21 points and had six assists and freshmen Jaylen Hands had 14 points to lead UCLA to a 70-57 victory against Cal on Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Freshman Justice Sueing led Cal (7-14, 1-7 Pac-12) with 24 points. The Bears dropped their seventh in a row.
The Bears took their last lead, 47-45, on a Sueing 3-pointer but UCLA (14-7, 5-4) responded with a 16-4 run to seize command.
UCLA connected on just 41.7 percent of its 48 field-goal attempts and Cal shot 35.5 percent.
The Bears outrebounded UCLA 41-34 and outscored the Bruins 20-6 in second-chance points, but committed 15 turnovers. Freshman Marcus Lee added 13 points for the Cal.
Sueing scored 10 points, including two 3-pointers, as the Bears took a 27-14 lead. But UCLA starting playing with new energy, rolling off a 16-0 run and Cal went 8:25 without a field goal before trailing 38-31 at the half.
The Bruins’ scoring run oddly coincided with center Thomas Welch — their leading rebounder and third-leading scorer — going down with a left knee sprain. He exited the court with 9:07 to play in the first half and did not return until 3:04 into the second half. He finished with seven points and five rebounds. Kris Wilkes added 10 points.
Cal’s leading scorer (16.9 per game), Don Coleman, did not play due to a violation of team rules.
Cal: The Bears won their Pac-12 opener against Stanford, 77-74, but have lost every game since.
UCLA: The Bruins hardly got the overall strong game they were hoping would turn their season around, but had to feel they at least made positive step.
Cal: Remain in Los Angeles to play USC on Sunday. After some early struggles, the Trojans have won five in a row.
UCLA: Stay at home to play Stanford on Saturday. The Cardinal won their first meeting at Stanford, 107-99.