SEATTLE – Lonzo Ball dazzled in a showdown of standout freshmen, finishing with 22 points, Bryce Alford added 21 points and No. 11 UCLA routed Washington 107-66 on Saturday night.
The expected faceoff between Ball and Washington’s Markelle Fultz – two of the best freshmen in the country and expected to be among the top picks in the NBA draft – never materialized in the way the sellout crowd hoped. While each had flashes of brilliance, Ball clearly had the better performance.
Ball finished with six rebounds, five assists and hit 7 of 12 shots, an impressive outing with 21 NBA scouts in attendance.
The difference for UCLA (21-3, 8-3 Pac-12) was the other pieces around Ball. T.J. Leaf added 20 points, and Aaron Holiday scored 18.
Fultz led Washington (9-14, 2-9) with 25 points, but got little help.
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