Thursday, November 28, 2019

UCLA Falls to No. 3 Michigan State, 75-62. Finishes 6th in Maui. Bruins now 5-3 for season.

from Big10 Network
Highlights Extended V from Matthew Loves Ball

Full game from uco755
from Jeff Siegel


LAHAINA, Hawai'i – The UCLA men's basketball team dropped a 75-62 decision to No. 3 Michigan State on Wednesday morning at the Lahaina Civic Center in the fifth-place game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

Junior Chris Smith scored a team-leading 13 points off the bench, connecting on 3 of 5 shots from the field and 7 of 8 free throw attempts. Rounding out UCLA's list of double-figure scorers included sophomore Cody Riley (11 points), senior Prince Ali (10 points) and freshman Tyger Campbell (10 points).

Riley finished with 11 points, six rebounds and a pair of assists.

Freshman Jaime Jaquez Jr. led all players with eight rebounds and also scored seven points.

UCLA (5-3) finished the non-conference contest with a 34-22 scoring advantage in the paint and out-rebounded Michigan State by a 33-22 tally. The Bruins led 18-14 with under six minutes to play in the first half and trailed the Spartans (5-2) at the intermission, 26-23.

"Obviously, a physically tough game today," said Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach. "I'm proud of the fact our guys out-rebounded them by one. We took care of the ball. That's two areas of improvement for our team. It is tough to win a game like that when you go 2 for 15 from three. We had some really good looks at times. Really, that's the difference in the game. We get outscored 24 to 6 at the three-point line."

Michigan State's Cassius Winston scored a game-high 20 points and finished with four assists. The Spartans out-scored UCLA in transition, 18-2 and nailed 8 of 19 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc.

Michigan State's Marcus Bingham Jr. and Xavier Tillman each blocked three shots. The Spartans finished Wednesday's game with nine total blocks.

The two teams traded leads six times in the first half. Michigan State scored seven consecutive points before UCLA freshman Jake Kyman hit a 3-point shot with 58 seconds left before halftime. Kyman's shot closed the six-point deficit to 26-23 as the two teams entered the locker room.

Michigan State opened the second half with a 10-2 scoring run, pulling ahead by a 36-25 margin with 17:08 left in the second half. The Spartans consistently led by 10 or more points through the second half, before UCLA trimmed its deficit to nine points with under five minutes to play. A layup by Smith pulled UCLA to within 69-60 at the 2:39 mark.

The Spartans had a 13-0 advantage in the first half with points scored in transition. However, UCLA held the opposition to just 9 of 24 shooting from the field (37.5 percent) before halftime. 

UCLA's all-time record against Michigan State fell to 6-4. The two programs faced each other nearly one year ago at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational (Las Vegas), where the Spartans registered an 87-67 win over UCLA (Nov. 22, 2018).

The Bruins will return to action against San Jose State on Sunday, Dec. 1, in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Game time is 5 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network, with Anne Marie Anderson and Casey Jacobsen on the call.

Happy Thanksgiving!!! 

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