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LaVar on Trump's role in UCLA incident: 'Who?'

LaVar Ball downplayed U.S. president Donald Trump's role in getting son LiAngelo and two other UCLA freshmen out of legal trouble following the players' arrest in China two weeks ago, telling ESPN "everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."

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Jackson receives technical for pushing Caldwell-Pope (0:37)
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Lonzo gets past Suns' defense and blows layup (0:25)
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Kuzma rises and hits tough layup through contact (0:18)
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Kuzma provides spark with back-to-back buckets (0:24)
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Lonzo hits crafty layup with the left (0:19)
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UCLA dominates South Carolina State (0:57)
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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

It was a much better second half for UCLA, which easily separated from South Carolina State to win 96-68. Freshman Chris Smith (15 points) was impressive, while G.G. Solomon was plus-33 in 27 minutes.

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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Two days after needing overtime against lowly Central Arkansas, No. 23 UCLA didn't come out much better against winless South Carolina State. The Bruins led by as many as 13 in the first half, but that lead dipped two just two late in the half before they headed to the locker room up 41-35. Freshman Chris Hill provided a nice spark off the bench with 7 first-half points.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

South Carolina State lost at Wisconsin by 35, at Boston College by 39 and at Yale by 32. But the Bulldogs are down just six at half at UCLA.

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