LOS ANGELES -- Once UCLA got going, there was no stopping the Bruins.T.J. Leaf scored 21 points and fellow freshman Lonzo Ball added 20 in 16th-ranked UCLAs 114-77 victory over Long Beach State on Sunday night.If we hit a couple early, we can get really hot, said Bryce Alford, who finished with 15 points. We become really hard to guard because guys get in a rhythm.The Bruins dominated from the opening tip, topping 100 points for the third time in four games. They raced to a 19-5 lead while the 49ers missed six of their first seven shots and committed six turnovers.Theyre the best offensive team weve seen, Long Beach State coach Dan Monson said.Leaf had nine rebounds and Ball had 11 assists for the Bruins (4-0), who have blown out their first four opponents by an average of 27.7 points.I dont put any pressure on myself, said Ball, who arrived in Westwood amid great expectations. The game of basketball is fun to me, and I go out there and do what I do.The Bruins hit 12 3-pointers, including five by Alford, who made his first five before missing once.This was the best we played, UCLA coach Steve Alford said. We had great energy, great focus, did tremendous things offensively. Defensively, this was the best that weve been.Loren Jackson scored a career-high 15 points to lead the 49ers (1-4), and Noah Blackwell added 12. They had a season-high 11 3-pointers.We know now what we need to do, Monson said. We are getting some resistance from guys not doing what they need to do. Weve been exposed, which is why you play this schedule.Leaf and Ball had five dunks between them in the first half. Leaf had the first three and then Ball scored off an alley-oop pass from Isaac Hamilton and had a one-handed fast-break jam.With the Bruins leading by 40 in the second half, Ball and Aaron Holiday wowed the crowd on a fast break. Holiday tossed the ball off the glass, and Ball, trailing behind, caught it and slammed it in.I think it was his third-best dunk, Leaf said. The other two should definitely be in `SportsCenter top 10. They were three pretty crazy dunks.Alford hit four of UCLAs seven 3-pointers in the first half to help the Bruins lead 56-37 at the break.The 49ers also made seven 3s in the half, getting three in a row late, but that didnt help them reduce their double-digit deficit.Leaf came out shooting to open the second half, scoring the Bruins first seven points.Alford and Hamilton hit back-to-back 3-pointers from the right corner. Hamilton finished with 18 points and Holiday had 16 points.Big man Thomas Welsh launched the Bruins on an 18-5 run that stretched their lead from 24 points to 37 points. Hamilton scored eight points and Welsh and Holiday chipped in four apiece to keep the Bruins ahead 87-50.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Bruins could move up a spot or two in the rankings after losses by No. 13 Michigan State and No. 15 Purdue.TIP-INSLong Beach St: F Gabe Levin, who came in averaging a team-leading 13.3 points and 7.5 rebounds, was held to eight points. G Evan Payne had seven, under his 10.8 average. ... The 49ers fell to 1-15 all-time against the Bruins, having lost at Pauley Pavilion for the third straight year. ... They had a season-high 23 turnovers.UCLA: The Bruins had 27 assists on 46 field goals. ... They made 10 of 11 free throws and are close to averaging 80 percent from the line, a major improvement from previous seasons. ... The elder Alford turns 52 on Wednesday.BIG PICTURELong Beach St.: The 49ers have lost to three straight ranked opponents -- No. 5 North Carolina by 37 points, No. 12 Louisville by 32 and now UCLA -- while traveling 4,492 miles to play four consecutive road games. In all, they will travel over 23,000 miles by the time their nonconference schedule is completed, including a trip to the Battle4Atlantis in the Bahamas.UCLA: The Bruins have enjoyed a favorable schedule so far in November with five home games and a trip to nearby Orange County on tap. Theyll find it much tougher to start December with a visit to No. 2 Kentucky, a neutral court game against Ohio State in Las Vegas and a trip to No. 4 Oregon to open Pac-12 play.UP NEXTLong Beach St.: The 49ers visit their second straight Pac-12 opponent, Washington, on Tuesday, capping five consecutive road games.UCLA: The Bruins play Portland in an opening round game at the Wooden Legacy on Thursday in Fullerton.---More AP college basketball at http://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 Charlotte Hornets Jerseys . Badenhop was 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 63 relief appearances for Milwaukee this season. He is 18-20 in his career with three saves and a 3. Cody Martin Hornets Jersey . PAUL, Minn. https://www.hornetslockerroom.com/Terry-Rozier-City-Edition-Jersey/ . Detroit and Boston are deadlocked, 1-1, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be forgiven if he was caught rationalizing instead of dissecting how his club could blow a 5-1 lead late in Game 2. PJ Washington Jersey . Clarkson had been dealing with an elbow injury in early January and will be out of action for at least one week. He has three goals and five assists through 36 games with the Leafs this season. Glen Rice Hornets Jersey . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Once again the Tampa Bay Rays were forced to look for positive in yet another disappointing loss.The last-place team has dropped of 16 of 18 games in falling deep into the AL East cellar, including Sundays 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers that finished a four-game sweep at Tropicana Field.Chris Archer overcame a shaky first inning to take a 1-0 lead in the sixth. However, a bullpen that allowed 17 runs in 13 1/3 innings over the past four days wasnt able to finish the job.The Tigers scored three runs in the eighth, then two more in the ninth on Ian Kinslers 200th career homer.The team, we played our tail off. We battled, said Archer, who struck out 10 while holding the Tigers to a pair of singles in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Its a tough one to lose because we really battled up until the end.Justin Upton snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run double and Kinslers 16th homer of the season gave Detroits bullpen a comfortable cushion to finish the sweep.But it was Kinslers alert baserunning got the Tigers going after he began the Detroit eighth with a double off Matt Andriese (6-2). Victor Martinez kept the rally alive by hustling up the first base line to avoid grounding into what would have been an inning-ending double play that would have allowed the Rays to cling to a 1-0 lead.Kinsler scored from second base on the play, tying the score.I do that every time Im on second. When theres an opportunity for a double play across the infield, thats something I was taught -- with two outs, you have an opportunity to score a run right there, Kinsler said.And obviously the play doesnt happen if Victor is not busting his tail down that line and beating that throw, Kinsler added. Youre just looking for opportunities to score, and on that play it worked out perfect.With his two-run homer, Kinsler joined Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez and Jimmy Rollins as the only active players with at least 200 home runs, 1,000 runs scored, 1,600 hits and 200 stolen bases.Bruce Rondon (2-0) retired the only two batters he faced, bailing starter Mike Pelfrey out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to get the victory.Archer, meanwhile, rebounded a slow start to pitch into the sixth. The AL strikeout leader allowed the first three batters to reach base before fanning Martinez, Castellanos and Upton to put downn the threat.ddddddddddddant help but feel really good about what Chris Archer did. For the way it started and the way he kicked it into gear, Rays manager Kevin Cash said. That was an outstanding effort, outstanding performance for him to even get remotely close to getting his pitch count back in order. You dont foresee guys going that deep like he did.Archer, who entered Sunday with a 10.06 ERA in the first inning compared to 3.65 in subsequent innings, boosted his season strikeout total to a league-leading 127.Its frustrating, but definitely not something I dwell on, Archer said of his first-inning woes.It does alter the course of the game and makes the bullpen come in a little earlier than need be, he added. I dont beat myself up over it. You have to move forward, and you have to give a team your best after all the stuff happens. I think I did a decent job of that today.TRAINERS ROOMTigers: CF Cameron Maybin, who batted .591 (13 for 21) in six games against Tampa Bay this season, was out one day after a seven-game hitting streak ended. He entered the game as a pinch-runner.Rays: CF Desmond Jennings (left hamstring tightness) was out of the lineup for the third straight game. . Closer Alex Colome (right biceps tendinitis) had a bullpen session. . INF Steve Pearce (strained right hamstring) hit in an indoor cage. . RHPs Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) and Brad Boxberger (left oblique) will throw to hitters on Wednesday.RELIEF ON THE WAY?The Rays concluded a stretch in which they played 20 consecutive games against teams with winning records, going 4-16. The last-place Angels arrive Monday for a four-game series that finishes an 11-game homestand. Tampa Bay has played more games (62) against opponents with a .500 or better mark than any other team.UP NEXTTigers: LHP Daniel Norris (1-0) will make his third start of the season Monday night at Cleveland. He allowed two runs and eight hits over five innings of a 10-3 victory over Miami last Wednesday.Rays: LHP Matt Moore (4-5) faces the Los Angeles Angels for the first time since September 2013, when Tampa Bay begins a four-game series Monday. Moore is 3-0 with 1.52 ERA in four career starts against the Angels. ' ' '
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