By Mike Hiserman
5:26 PM PST, December 19, 2013
UCLA and Duke are tied, 37-37, at halftime of their basketball game Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Bruins shot poorly early, making two of their first 11 field-goal tries, but the freshman tandem of Bryce Alford and Zach LaVine rallied UCLA from 10 points back against the eighth-ranked Blue Devils.
Alford and LaVine combined for 11 points in a span of less than 10 minutes and the Bruins turned what had been a seven-point deficit when they entered the game into a six-point lead.
Alford, the son of coach Steve Alford, made both of his three-point tries and also had two assists. He would have doubled his number of assists, too, if Tony Parker could have finished after a pair of nice passes.
LaVine had five points on a three-pointer and a break-away dunk on a nice lead pass by Kyle Anderson.
Anderson had seven points and a team-high six rebounds, but also had two late turnovers late when the ball was knocked away from behind as he was dribbling.
David Wear led the Bruins with eight points.
Freshman Jabari Parker had 11 points and six rebounds to lead Duke in both categories.
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