Cats seeing double? It probably just felt that way

2012-01-06T00:01:00Z 2014-07-08T16:18:56Z Cats seeing double? It probably just felt that wayPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 06, 2012 12:01 am  • 

ANAHEIM, Calif. - They were intimidating, and indeterminable from each other, but for the initial on the backs of their jerseys.

Together, the identical twins were a blur of rebounds and buzz cuts, totaling 34 points, their most ever combined as UCLA Bruins, in a 65-58 win against the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday night.

Identical twins David and Travis Wear wore matching knee braces, mid-length white socks and azure Adidases with three stripes on the ankle.

Their light brown hair was buzzed the same, though maybe David's was a half-inch longer, and they have identical sideburns.

"Just their length was difficult for us," UA forward Solomon Hill said. "There were two of them."

Center Angelo Chol said the Wears "out-hustled" the 10-5 Wildcats.

"They were everywhere," he said. "We should have been boxing them out."

Travis scored the game's first point. David scored UCLA's ninth.

From that point on, one or the other of the twins from Huntington Beach, Calif., scored 20 of the Bruins' next 34 points.

"It seemed like all the plays were run for them, basically," UA point guard Josiah Turner said.

UCLA coach Ben Howland said, indeed, the Bruins ran a few new post plays for the twins.

Howland said he preached all week that the two needed to be more aggressive.

"I thought they made a good step forward this week in practice, and it carried over to the game," Howland said.

Travis Wear knew what to do.

"I came in and I was just trying to get the ball down low, seal, and be as aggressive as possible," he said. "Look to score."

Travis Wear, double his brother's jersey number at No. 24, had a career-high 20 points and five rebounds.

"The win matters more," he said.

David Wear, who wore No. 12, had 14 points and five rebounds.

"No fadeaways," David Wear said. "No shying away from contact, or anything like that."

One perfect example: With seven minutes left, UCLA guard Jerime Anderson drove down the left side of the lane and floated a jump shot.

It hit the back of the rim and popped in the air.

Travis Wear jumped and tipped the ball, which hit the rim and popped, again, straight in the air.

The scrum continued above the rim until his brother David, who had caught the ball, was fouled.

He made two free throws and put the Bruins up seven.

"They out-hustled us," Chol said.

In the first half, they put up matching 4-for-5 field goal performances.

Howland took issue with their foul trouble: The Wears played only 22 minutes apiece.

David Wear was called for a block and fouled out with 5:07 to play after scoring 14 points.

"This is probably the best of the year" for the Wears, Howland said. "They played pretty good defense. I thought the foul trouble hurt us in the second half, though."

After the Wildcats pulled within three with about 3:30 left, Travis Wear caught the ball, was fouled by Hill and made two free throws.

Hill took blame for the loss.

"I just try to go out and play as hard as I can, like it's my last game," Travis Wear said.

Travis Wear averaged 9.8 points entering the game; David Wear had 8.8.

The most points they'd ever combined for - before Thursday - was 26, on Dec. 23 against Richmond.

Howland praised the Wears but also backups Anthony Stover and Brendan Lane.

Despite combining for just three points, the two delivered eight rebounds.

Stover and Lane played extra minutes after Joshua Smith suffered a concussion Wednesday in practice. Smith stumbled on Lane's foot and hit his head on Travis Wear's thigh, Howland said.

The coach said he was unsure if Smith would play Saturday against Arizona State.

In the meantime, though, he has confidence in a few more weapons.

Even if you can't tell them apart.

"I'm really excited for them," Howland said.

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