No. 7 UCLA Tops California, 81-57
LOS ANGELES – Five players scored in double figures as the No. 7 UCLA men's basketball defeated California, 81-57, in a Pac-12 game at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom Thursday evening.
UCLA (15-2, 7-1 Pac-12) registered its fifth consecutive win, as Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored a team-leading 15 points.
Cody Riley totaled a season-high 14 points, Jules Bernard and Peyton Watson each scored 12 points and Jake Kyman finished with a season-best 10 points. Watson also pulled down a team-best six rebounds.
"Just very happy for those guys," said Mick Cronin, the Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach. "They all contributed. We take good shots, share the ball, and execute. We have guys that can score it. We should shoot 50 percent every game. We really should, because we can score in five positions."
.@CodyJRiley2 has been having an offensive explosion recently. 💥
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The Bruins defeated California (9-11, 2-7 Pac-12) without the services of guards Johnny Juzang (COVID-19 protocols) and Jaylen Clark (concussion protocol).
The Bruins also tallied 14 steals, their most in a game since Nov. 2014, with five players recording at least two steals. Jaquez Jr. matched his career high with four steals, all in the first half. Bernard and Kyman also tied their career highs with three steals.
Sam Alajiki led the visiting Golden Bears on Thursday night with 11 points, making 4 of 6 shots and 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Ryan Kelly totaled a game-high seven rebounds.
Steals turned to scores on back-to-back first-half possessions for the Bruins, with Campbell and Jaquez Jr. as the beneficiaries. Jaquez Jr. capped a 10-0 scoring run for UCLA, pushing the Bruins ahead by a 19-11 margin at the 12:23 mark. An 8-0 scoring spurt and a personal 6-0 scoring spree by Jaquez Jr. took place later in the first half. That allowed UCLA to increase its margin to as many as 18 points with 2:44 to play.
Jaquez Jr. scored a game-high 12 points in the first half as the Bruins entered the locker room with a 43-29 lead. Watson helped the Bruins pad their first half lead, drilling a 3-pointer just before the final buzzer expired.
UCLA got to the free-throw line 16 times in the second half, making 12 shots. Bernard and Riley each made all four of his tries.
A scoring run of six straight points by Watson was capped by an offensive rebound and putback that increased UCLA's lead at a game-high 26 points with 4:13 remaining.
Russell Stong became the ninth Bruin to score when he converted a 3-pointer for the game's final points (sinking his first career 3-point basket at UCLA).
UCLA will conclude a three-game homestand on Saturday evening when Stanford visits Pauley Pavilion. Game time against the Cardinal is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network, with Ted Robinson and Don MacLean calling the action.