Tyger Campbell scores 17, No. 5 UCLA pulls away to beat Cal – Daily News

BERKELEY, Calif. — Tyger Campbell scored 17 points, Johnny Juzang made a clutch 3-pointer late despite his worst shooting performance of the season, and No. 5 UCLA beat California 60-52 on Saturday night.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 14 points as the Bruins (10-1, 2-0 Pac-12) made a victorious return to conference play after missing nearly a month due to COVID-19 issues.

“It felt like we’re starting over, to be honest with you, with such a big break,” UCLA coach Mike Cronin said. “I knew we were going to take Cal’s best shot because I know what (coach) Mark Fox is made of. We told our guys we were going to probably have to grind it out.”

The Bruins were outrebounded and limited to four 3-pointers but pulled away behind a defense that held the Golden Bears to eight points over the final nine minutes.

“We got points in transition and we were able to play off that and create things,” said Campbell, who had three of the Bruins’ 10 steals. “Coach likes to turn our defense into offense so that was good for us. It works for us because nights like tonight we didn’t shoot the best on offense and our defense kept them to under 60. It’s good to fall back on.”

Juzang, UCLA’s leading scorer and a preseason All-American, missed six of his first seven shots but drained a 3-pointer to put the Bruins ahead 55-43. Juzang had reached double figures in 17 consecutive games dating to last season, but finished Saturday with nine points.

Andre Kelly had 22 points and six rebounds for California. The Bears (9-7, 2-3) have lost nine straight against their intrastate rivals.

“We did a lot of things to give us a chance throughout the game, but against the best you have to be a little better than we were tonight,” Fox said. “We can probably point to four or five small, little mistakes in the game that ended up being the difference. Just being a little more consistent across the board, I think, would help get us over the hump.”

UCLA methodically pulled away in the second half after the Bruins missed their first six shots coming out of halftime.

Juzang put UCLA ahead 49-39 after Cody Riley intercepted a pass by Grant Anticevich and fed it to Campbell, who found Juzang under the basket for the layup. Campbell followed with a 3-pointer to make it 52-39.

Campbell and Jaquez keyed a 15-5 run late in the first half. Campbell aggressively attacked the basket and spun around defenders to score while Jaquez powered in from down low to help the Bruins lead 31-25.

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