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Bruins Sidestep San Diego, 83-56

Dec 9, 2020
Chris Smith totaled 12 points and eight boards (photo by Suzi Mellano).

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Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored a team-leading 17 points and had four blocks to pace UCLA (4-1) past San Diego, 83-56, in a non-conference game in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom on Wednesday night.
Jaquez Jr. was one of five Bruins to score in double figures in UCLA's fourth consecutive victory. Chris Smith had 12 points and eight rebounds, Tyger Campbell added 12 points, and Cody Riley had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Johnny Juzang totaled 10 points in his debut as a Bruin.
UCLA out-rebounded the visiting Toreros by a 50-31 margin. Riley and Jalen Hill each recorded 10 rebounds for the Bruins.
"I always love when you're plus-19 on the glass," said Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach. "It's hard to lose that way. When you look down and see that you have 51 points in the paint and the foul line combined, it's impossible to lose. You're imposing your will on the other team on the glass, around the rim. You're not just relying on jump-shooting. We've got to improve defensively with our team defense, building a wall better."
San Diego (0-1) held as much as a five-point lead, at 8-3, just four minutes into the game and still had a two-point advantage at 14-12 midway through the opening half before the Bruins went on a run to take the lead for good.
A three-point basket by Juzang gave UCLA a 15-14 edge, igniting a 16-1 scoring run to put the Bruins ahead by 13 points. During a five-minute stretch, a pair of buckets from both Riley and Jake Kyman and five free throws made it 28-15, with 5:24 left in the half.
UCLA took a 33-23 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
Eight different Bruins scored, with Campbell, Hill, Riley and Smith pouring in five points apiece. UCLA had out-rebounded San Diego in the opening half, 27-18, and saw Hill grab eight boards and Riley record six. Jaquez Jr. added four points, four rebounds and three blocks.
The Bruins' cushion remained above seven for the rest of the game. Leading 35-28, a 21-8 UCLA run over the next eight minutes got the lead to 20 for the first time at 56-36. Juzang (7) and Jaquez Jr. (5) combined for 12 of the 21 points. Ahead 73-53, eight in a row by UCLA extended the lead to a game-high 28 at 81-53 with just under a minute remaining.
Jaquez Jr. scored 13 of the Bruins' 50 second-half points. Juzang added seven, Smith had seven with five rebounds and Campbell recorded seven points and five assists. The Bruins shot 52.9 percent from the field in the second half, made 4-of-6 threes and went 10-of-12 from the free throw line.
UCLA will return to action against Marquette on Friday evening in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Game time is 6:30 p.m. The game will air on Pac-12 Networks (National and Los Angeles) and can also be heard on the radio on AM 1150.
In addition, the Bruins' program announced that UCLA has rescheduled a non-conference game against Long Beach State for Tuesday, Dec. 15. That game will begin at 6 p.m. (PT) and will be televised on Pac-12 Networks (the game was postponed on Nov. 30).