Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Stadium who?!? No. 5 UCLA takes care of UNLV 73-51. Bruins now 6-1 leading into Pac12 play. Buffs next.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
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Bernard connected on 8 of 11 shots and registered a career-high seven assists in the 21-point victory. He nailed 4 of 5 shots from 3-point distance as the Bruins improved to 3-0.
Juzang scored 10 points before the 15-minute mark in the first half. He finished the game having made 11 of 21 shots, added four rebounds and tallied a pair of assists.
Juzang and Bernard were among two of UCLA's five players to score in double figures. Jaime Jaquez Jr. finished with 17 points, Tyger Campbell added 15, and Jaylen Clark totaled 10.
Long Beach State's Joey Murray totaled a game-high 30 points, while Colin Slater finished with 27 points. Murray connected on 13 of 17 shots from the field.
Six different Bruins recorded at least one steal against Long Beach State (1-1). Five UCLA players had at least one block.
The Bruins forced 25 turnovers against Long Beach State, the most turnovers committed by any of UCLA's opponents since CSUN had 27 in the season-opening game on Nov. 12, 2010.
UCLA (3-0) led by a 48-45 margin at halftime and used an 11-2 scoring run to open the second half. Bernard was a spark plug for UCLA in that early run, hitting his first four shots as part of a 10-point half. UCLA utilized a balanced attack in the second half on Monday, as five players registered at least eight points (after the intermission).
The Bruins pushed ahead with a 7-0 scoring run, capped by a David Singleton 3-pointer at the 10:28 mark in the second half. That scoring run was sparked by an old-fashioned 3-point play from Clark, with 13:06 to play. His initial layup pushed the Bruins' cushion to 10 points. UCLA led by at least 10 points through the remainder of the contest.
The Bruins advantage swelled to 20 points on a 3-point basket from Campbell with 2:21 to play in the second half.
Long Beach State kept the margin close in the first half, thanks to strong shooting from its backcourt duo of Murray and Slater. Those two players combined for 37 of Long Beach State's 45 first-half points (making 16 of their first 20 shots, combined).
UCLA will conclude a season-opening four-game homestand against North Florida this Wednesday evening. Game time is 7:30 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.
Postgame Quotes – UCLA vs. Long Beach State
Sunday, November 14, 2021
BY BILL PLASCHKE, COLUMNIST
LOS ANGELES TIMES
NOV. 13, 2021 4:30 AM PT
Pauley Pavilion was actually hot, steaming on a November night, sweat dripping across white shirts and pumping fists.
Pauley Pavilion was actually loud, seats shaking, walls creaking, noise flowing down in waves that startled and suffocated.
One of this city’s grandest sports venues is acting like a kid again, revived by the return of an old friend that some feared had been lost forever.
UCLA basketball is officially back.
What was promised in an Indiana bubble last spring has come to fruition in a Westwood celebration that began Friday night in the second-ranked Bruins’ 86-77 overtime win over fourth-ranked Villanova.
UCLA basketball is loudly, boldly back.
They need a shot, Tyger Campbell hits consecutive three-pointers to begin their comeback. They need a stop, Jaylen Clark forces a last-second miss on a layup attempt by Justin Moore to send the game into overtime.
He spent his previous two seasons instilling a culture based on muscle and defense. But now that the gifted Bruins have bought it, he’s delightfully loosening the reins and letting them shine.
Saturday, November 13, 2021
The contest, televised on ESPN2, was the first matchup of two top-five teams at Pauley Pavilion since the 1991-92 season.
UCLA's Jaime Jaquez Jr. was also a key contributor for the host Bruins (2-0), posting a 21-point, 13-rebound double-double. He led all Bruins in overtime with seven points. Jules Bernard added 16 points, and finished one rebound short of a double-double. Redshirt junior point guard Tyger Campbell chipped in 14 points and passed for four assists.
Villanova (1-1) scored the first two points of the extra session, but the Bruins bounced back with a 7-0 run to quickly take control. Jaquez Jr. hit the biggest shot of that run, draining a 3-pointer after Campbell drove from the wing and two-handed a pass to him above the key. On the preceding play, Juzang connected on a lay-up after a Myles Johnson block to give the Bruins their first lead since early in the second half.
With UCLA firmly in control, Villanova began to foul, leading to a parade to the line for the Bruins. Bernard sank four consecutive free throws down the stretch to extend UCLA's lead to double-digits with less than 10 seconds remaining.
The Bruins led by as many as nine in a back-and-forth first half. Senior guard David Singleton helped UCLA open up that margin, coming off the bench and hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 17-8 at the 10:37 mark. Villanova answered back with a 16-2 run later in the half, but UCLA went to the locker room with a two-point lead after Juzang hit a runner just before the buzzer to break a 30-30 tie.
The two teams remained close at the beginning of the second half, but UCLA wouldn't lead for the rest of regulation after a 3-point make from Villanova's Jermaine Samuels at the 15:08 mark. The visitors' lead ballooned to as much as 10, with 9:24 remaining in the game, before the Bruins battled back to make it a close game down the stretch.
Immediately after Villanova made it a 10-point game, Campbell came back with consecutive 3-point baskets to reduce the deficit to four. The Bruins cut it to two after a lay-up from Jaquez with 3:55 remaining, and ultimately went on to tie the game after Jules Bernard hit an off-balance, running floater with 30 seconds left on the clock. UCLA got a stop on Villanova's last possession to send the game into overtime.
Villanova had five players score in double figures, led by Samuels' 20 points.
UCLA returns to action by hosting Long Beach State on Monday night at 8:00 p.m. (PT) in a non-conference tilt to be televised by the Pac-12 Network.