By JOSE M. ROMERO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TEMPE, Ariz. – Fifth-ranked UCLA’s game plan was to pound the ball inside against Arizona State’s smaller lineup, and it worked to perfection.
The Bruins conceded the Sun Devils’ 3-point shooting but were too much of a force in the paint, with 6-foot-10 T.J. Leaf leading the way with 25 points in the Bruins’ 87-75 victory Thursday night.
The Bruins (25-3, 12-3 Pac-12) won their sixth straight game going into Saturday’s crucial showdown with fourth-ranked Arizona. Aaron Holiday added 17 points off the bench and center Thomas Welsh had eight points and 11 rebounds in 18 minutes.
“Whatever the game plan is, full force on it,” Leaf said. “We know February sets up March. We just want to be playing our best ball come March.”
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