UCLA beats Utah for Pac-12 week­end sweep

Antelope Valley Press - - SPORTS - By BETH HAR­RIS

LOS AN­GE­LES — There’s no eas­ing in at UCLA for Tyger Camp­bell and Jaime Jaquez Jr. The Bru­ins need the fresh­men now.

Camp­bell scored a ca­reer-high 22 points with eight as­sists — one off his ca­reer best — and Jaquez Jr. tied his ca­reer high with 18 points in a 73-57 vic­tory over Utah on Sun­day that gave the Bru­ins a Pac-12 week­end sweep.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did with­out my team find­ing me,” Camp­bell said. “I might have had 22, but it was the team that mat­tered.”

De­spite the noon start, the Bru­ins (12-10, 5-4 Pac-12) brought en­ergy from the open­ing tip and main­tained it de­fen­sively while beat­ing the Utes for the first time in two years. Camp­bell played 34 min­utes and Jaquez Jr. clocked 35.

“I just wanted to win. That’s all I care about,” Camp­bell said. “We’re try­ing to go on a run in this Pac-12 right now.”

UCLA shot 49% from the floor, owned a 34-26 edge in the paint and 15-7 in fast-break points. The Utes were held to 39% shoot­ing and com­mit­ted 15 turnovers. They were 4 of 5 from the free throw line; the Bru­ins hit 17 of 22.

“We had a stretch where we had seven turnovers in our first 13 pos­ses­sions,” Utah coach Larry Krys­tkowiak said. “The mar­gin for er­ror is just too slim against a team like this.”

Ri­ley Bat­tin scored 14 points and Timmy Allen added 13 points — un­der his 18.7 aver­age — seven re­bounds and eight as­sists for the Utes (12-9, 3-6). They are 0-5 on the road in league play.

“It’s very frus­trat­ing. We had an op­por­tu­nity to win in both (losses),” Allen said. “The de­tails, the small things, we just have to pay at­ten­tion to those.”

Utah never led and trailed by 11 early in the sec­ond half. The Utes closed within four on a 3-pointer by Alfonso

Plum­mer. But they un­rav­eled with a fla­grant-1 foul on Allen and a shot-clock vi­o­la­tion.

“I feel like this is the grindit-out part of the sea­son,” Allen said. “We have to de­cide where we are at. It’s a long sea­son.”

The Bru­ins en­gi­neered an 18-2 run that stretched their lead to 68-48. Camp­bell had six points and Jaquez Jr. four in the spurt.

“We thought Tyger had the ad­van­tage in the pick-an­droll,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said. “I could see he was ex­tremely con­fi­dent and we rode that in the sec­ond half.”

Lead­ing by three, the Bru­ins scored 10 straight points dur­ing a 16-8 run that left them ahead 32-21 at half­time. Five dif­fer­ent play­ers scored, in­clud­ing four points each from Jaquez Jr. and Chris Smith.

“Usu­ally we get re­ally good jumps and we’re ahead,” Jaquez Jr. said. “Usu­ally in the sec­ond half we tend to fall apart. That was a big em­pha­sis in the last cou­ple of games.”

UCLA improved to 11-10 in the all-time se­ries, snap­ping the Utes’ three-game win­ning streak against them.

As­so­ci­ated Press

THREES UP UCLA guard Tyger Camp­bell cel­e­brates af­ter mak­ing a 3-pointer dur­ing the sec­ond half against Utah in Los An­ge­les on Sun­day. The Bru­ins won 73-57 to fin­ish a Pac-12 week­end sweep.

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