Sun, 29 Mar 2020

UCLA defeats Utah for fourth straight win

Field Level Media
21 Feb 2020, 16:19 GMT+10

Jules Bernard scored 16 points to lead UCLA to a 69-58 victory over Utah in Pac-12 play on Thursday night at Salt Lake City.

Tyger Campbell added 13 points as the Bruins (16-11, 9-5 Pac-12) won their fourth consecutive game and eighth in the past 10 contests.

Alfonso Plummer scored 16 points for Utah (14-12, 5-9), which lost its third straight contest. Timmy Allen had 11 points and seven rebounds, and Branden Carlson added 10 points before fouling out with 4:42 remaining.

Rylan Jones recorded a season-best five steals for the Utes, who dropped to 10-2 at home.

The Bruins shot 50 percent from the field, including 6 of 15 from 3-point range. UCLA overcame 19 turnovers.

Utah made 43.8 percent of its field-goal attempts and connected on just 3 of 12 from behind the arc. The Utes committed 16 miscues.

UCLA led by 12 after a strong first half and then tacked on the first six points of the second to take a 39-21 lead.

David Singleton buried a 3-pointer to increase the advantage to 46-26 with 15:03 remaining.

The margin was again 20 after Campbell drained a 3-pointer with 11:28 left before the Utes showed life by scoring 10 of the next 12 points to cut their deficit to 53-41 with 7:25 left.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. connected on a 3-pointer 32 seconds later to push UCLA's lead back to 15, and Cody Riley added an inside hoop to make it 58-41 with 4:42 remaining.

Utah responded with a 15-5 run to move within single digits.

The Utes crept within 63-53 on Jones' basket with two minutes left. Plummer was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer and made all three free throws as the Utes moved within seven with 1:44 remaining.

But Campbell, Jalen Hill and Jaquez each hit two free throws as UCLA pushed its lead to 69-56 with 1:24 left en route to closing it out.

Hill contributed seven points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots for the Bruins.

Bernard scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first half as the Bruins led 33-21 at the break.

--Field Level Media

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