Bruins Open Pac-12 Play With 76-56 Win Over Cal
LOS ANGELES – Five Bruins scored in double figures in the team's Pac-12 opener on Sunday evening, as UCLA cruised past California, 76-56, in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.
Chris Smith scored a team-leading 21 points, while Tyger Campbell logged the third double-double of his career (11 points and 12 assists).
UCLA (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) shot a season-best 60 percent on Sunday night, making 30 of 50 attempts and eight shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Smith was 7-for-12 with a trio of treys and grabbed four rebounds. Jaime Jaquez Jr. had 12 points and six rebounds. David Singleton scored 11 points and was a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point distance. Jalen Hill finished the game with 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Bruins led California (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12) from start to finish, pushing their cushion to as many as 21 points late in the first half.
"To be a real team, you've got to be able to keep pace with another team when they're putting the ball in the basket," said Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach. "We showed poise offensively. We didn't get tight. We still shot it in, and then once we got some stops we got [the lead] back up to 18, 20."
During the game's first half, UCLA used scoring runs of 7-0 and 24-4 to secure a 31-11 cushion at the 6:57 mark. Six players for UCLA scored during that 24-4 run. Singleton and Smith both drained a pair of threes.
California reduced UCLA's cushion to 15 points, but a 3-pointer by Singleton with 31 seconds to play before halftime put the Bruins ahead, 40-22, at the break.
All nine of Singleton's first-half points came from beyond the 3-point arc. Smith had 11 points in the first half and was 3-for-3 from long distance before the intermission.
California was unable to reduce the Bruins' cushion to any fewer than 12 points the rest of the game. With UCLA ahead, 66-54, at the 4:30 mark in the second half, the Bruins used a 10-0 scoring run over the next 3:20 to secure a 22-point advantage.
Jaquez Jr. made back-to-back 3-pointers to start that scoring run. Smith accounted for the other four points on a jump shot and two free throws. Eight of Hill's 10 points came in the second half.
Campbell, who had 12 assists and just one turnover, registered at least 10 assists in a game for the third time in his career. Between UCLA's two victories last week – against Seattle on Thursday and versus California on Sunday – the sophomore point guard averaged 14.0 points and 9.0 assists per game.
The Bruins extended their winning streak against California to seven games and has not lost to the Golden Bears in Pauley Pavilion since the 2009-10 school year (California defeated UCLA at the L.A. Sports Arena in 2012).
UCLA will return to action against the University of San Diego in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Game time is 6 p.m. (PT). UCLA's contest will air on Pac-12 Networks (National and Los Angeles) and can also be heard on the radio on AM 570.