No. 13 UCLA Cruises Past Washington, 76-50
LOS ANGELES – Jaylen Clark scored a career-high 25 points and David Singleton added a career-best 20 points as No. 13 UCLA defeated Washington, 76-50, before 10,568 in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom on Saturday.
Clark made 12 of 16 shots and grabbed five rebounds as the Bruins (19-5, 11-4 Pac-12) earned their second win in three nights.
"Even though they play zone, I thought Jaylen Clark would have a big game because he does such a great job of moving," said Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach. "With so many people, zones can cause you to stand. And he's out, he's in. He's at the 3-point line, top of the key, baseline, high post. He just keeps cutting and moving. You have to move people and the ball against a zone defense."
Singleton sank a career high six 3-pointers (on eight attempts), totaled four rebounds and added three assists.
Playing without Johnny Juzang and Cody Riley, the Bruins overcame an early 6-0 deficit and powered their way to a 37-25 halftime lead against Washington (13-12, 8-7 Pac-12).
Myles Johnson finished with seven points, a team-leading 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Washington's Terrell Brown Jr. scored a team-leading 13 points. The Huskies also received 12 points and 11 rebounds from Jamal Bey.
UCLA made 10 of 22 shots from 3-point distance (45.5 percent) and finished the game having shot nearly 48 percent from the field.
Leading 37-25 at the intermission, the Bruins used a 17-1 scoring run over the first six minutes of the second half to secure a 54-26 advantage. Singleton sank back-to-back 3-pointers at the 15:30 and 14:55 marks to help the Bruins take a 28-point lead.
UCLA led by as many as 37 points midway through the second half. After a pair of free throws by Johnson (on a technical foul assessed to Washington), Jake Kyman buried a 3-pointer at the 7:12 mark to put the Bruins on top, 72-35.
Washington scored the first six points of the game, claiming a 6-0 cushion on a jump shot by Eddie Matthews Jr. with 15:21 to play in the opening half. UCLA's 11-2 scoring run put the Bruins ahead, 11-8, with 10:44 left before halftime.
Singleton's first 3-pointer of the night gave UCLA a 9-8 cushion and Clark's ensuing floating jump shot made the score 11-8.
From that point, the Bruins never trailed. UCLA's 26-21 advantage jumped to 11 points (at 32-21) on consecutive 3-pointers from Singleton (at 3:35) and Tyger Campbell (at 2:27).
The Bruins will conclude a five-day stretch with three home games this Monday. UCLA hosts Arizona State in a Pac-12 contest in Pauley Pavilon (Monday, Feb. 21) at 6 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game against the Sun Devils will be televised on FS1.
After Monday's game, UCLA will play three road contests – at Oregon (Feb. 24), at Oregon State (Feb. 26) and at Washington (Feb. 28). The Bruins will close the regular season against USC (in Pauley Pavilion) on Saturday, March 5.