UCLA Downs Long Beach State, 100-79
LOS ANGELES – Johnny Juzang scored a team-leading 25 points and Jules Bernard added 22 points to pace No. 2-ranked UCLA past Long Beach State, 100-79, before 7,129 fans in Pauley Pavilion on Monday evening.
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.