(Los Angeles, Ca) Six Bruins scored in double figures as UCLA defeated California 98-83 in a Pac-12 contest on Saturday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.
Chris Smith matched his career high with 15 points. David Singleton scored a career-high 14, while Jules Bernard scored 12. Both freshmen guards played in a reserve role. Prince Ali rounded out the Bruins’ list of double-figure scorers, totaling 11 points in the victory.
“I’m pleased with what we’ve done this week,” UCLA interim head coach Murry Bartow said. “It’s been a tough week, but I think we’ve gotten a lot out of this week. Just looking at the stat sheet, six guys in double figures. Whenever you can spread the scoring around, that’s always a good thing.”
Cal scored nine of the game’s first 11 points to gain an early advantage. The Golden Bears got to the free-throw line early and often in the first half, converting all 13 of their free throw attempts. Singleton led a charge off the UCLA bench, having made his first four shot attempts en route to 14 first-half points. The Los Angeles native out of Bishop Montgomery High School established a career high for the second-straight game.
A trio of UCLA’s veterans – Ali, Wilkes and Jaylen Hands – all collaborated on a 10-0 scoring spree to give UCLA a 37-29 lead with 4:34 to go in the first half. Another 6-0 spurt by the Bruins saw their cushion jump to 13 points. The Bruins entered their locker room at the intermission with a 50-42 lead
Cal trimmed UCLA’s lead to just four points after Matt Bradley made a jump shot with 15:11 to play in regulation. However, UCLA’s Brown and Smith answered. The duo scored 10 points during a 12-2 scoring run that put the Bruins ahead of Cal, 72-58. The Golden Bears never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Darius McNeill led Cal with a season-high 23 points and totaled seven steals off the bench. Justice Sueing scored 18 points in a reserve role, while Bradley (15) and Connor Vanover (10) also scored in double figures for the Golden Bears.
UCLA will return to the road next week, playing at Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 10. Game time in Eugene, Ore., is slated for 6 p.m. (PT). UCLA’s game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
The Bruins will also play at Oregon State on Sunday, Jan. 13.
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