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Isaac Hamilton Leads UCLA Past Colorado 77-53

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Hamilton led the Bruins with 17 first-half points and 22 overall as UCLA picked up a much-needed win over the Buffaloes.

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Isaac Hamilton made his first shot 18 seconds after the game began. That gave UCLA a lead that the Bruins would never relinquish.

The Buffaloes were able to keep it close for the first ten minutes of the game, but, with the score 19-17, UCLA went on an 11-3 run to give the Bruins a ten-point lead, making it 30-20 with about six minutes to go in the half.

Colorado cut the lead to five with about four and a half to play before the break, but UCLA roared right back and finished the half on a 14-3 run to head into the locker room leading 44-28.

The Bruins started out the second half the way they ended the first -- with a big run. This time, it was a 12-4 run that gave UCLA a 24-point lead with sixteen minutes to play.

The Buffaloes would not be able to close the gap to less than 20 down the stretch as the Bruins cruised to a 77-53 win.

Isaac Hamilton, who scored 17 first-half points, led all scorers with 22 while Tony Parker who started in place of Thomas Welsh, at Welsh's request, scored 16. Bryce Alford finished up with 13 points and 9 assists.

Xavier Talton led the Buffaloes with 12 points off the bench.

The large margin of victory did allow Coach Steve Alford to play more guys off the bench than usual. In particular, Jerold Smith saw action and freshman Alec Wulff even nailed a three-pointer.

It was one of the best wins of the season for UCLA who head to the Bay Area next weekend to face Cal on Thursday night and Stanford on Saturday.

Go Bruins!!!