No. 4 UCLA Defeats Marquette, 67-56, on Road
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed a team-best 12 rebounds as the No. 4-ranked UCLA men's basketball team defeated Marquette, 67-56, in a non-conference game Saturday evening at Fiserv Forum.
UCLA (8-1, 2-0 in Pac-12 play) jumped ahead by a 33-10 margin with five minutes remaining the second half and led, 35-21, at halftime.
Tyger Campbell and Johnny Juzang each added 12 points for the Bruins. Campbell had eight assists and Juzang finished with a season-high three steals.
"We got answers," said Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach. "Johnny can shoot it in, and Tyger has become one of the best point guards in America. Jaime, obviously you can give it to Jaime. Jules didn't have a lot of opportunity offensively tonight, but we just got a lot of guys that can hurt you at different times. We don't really have one scorer. We can go bang-bang for six points, real quick."
Greg Elliott scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Golden Eagles (8-3), who held just one lead in the early moments of the contest. Justin Lewis totaled 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Darryl Morsell added 11 points for Marquette.
Elliott made six of nine 3-point attempts, but Marquette knocked down just eight of 33 attempts (24%) from beyond the arc and 19 of 57 (33%) overall as a team. UCLA out-rebounded Marquette by a 49-37 advantage on Saturday.
Several runs highlighted the first half, with the Bruins using spurts of 16-2 and 11-0 to build a 33-10 lead with 5:02 remaining. UCLA's offensive outbursts were aided by the long-range efficiency of Campbell and Jaquez, who made a combined five of six shots from 3-point range during that time. Jaquez scored a game-high 14 points in the game's first 20 minutes. Elliott keyed an 11-2 Golden Eagle stretch over the final 2:59, however, converting three shots from distance to bring the score to 35-21 at the break.
Juzang made his presence felt to start the second half, scoring 10 points during the opening 5:19 to help the Bruins grow their lead back to 22. Marquette used a 9-1 run across the midway point of the stanza to bring its deficit to 57-44. The Golden Eagles reduced UCLA's lead to single digits on a slam dunk by Lewis with 47 seconds left, but the Bruins' advantage proved too much to overcome.
Due to an issue with the Bruins' aircraft on Friday, the team's travel plans were altered. Saturday's tipoff shifted from 11:30 am (PT) to 6:30 p.m. (PT).
UCLA will return to Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The Bruins will host Alabama State (1-9) at 8 p.m. (PT). UCLA's game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. The radio broadcast will be available in the Los Angeles area on AM 1150.