LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coming off a blowout reduction at ranked Oregon very last week could possibly have been sufficient to derail a youthful UCLA workforce.
But the Bruins toughened up to conquer No. 20 Colorado seventy two-68 on Thursday night and returned to .500 in Pac-12 participate in.
Chris Smith scored a career-superior 30 details, generating thirteen of 15 totally free throws, Jaime Jaquez Jr. additional thirteen details and seven rebounds, and Prince Ali had 11 details for the Bruins (11-ten, four-four). They led by 15 details early in the second half and held off Colorado’s recurring runs that slice the Bruins’ guide to two details.
”Oregon was a rough match,” Smith said. ”Tonight was definitely a self-confidence booster. It shows us and anyone else that we can cling with some of the ideal. We got a really major acquire.”
McKinley Wright IV scored 11 of his 14 details in the second half and Evan Battey additional 14 details for the Buffaloes (16-5, 5-three), whose two-match successful streak finished. Wright scored seven of their closing 11 details on a three-pointer and 4 totally free throws.
”UCLA just out-toughed us,” Buffs coach Tad Boyle said. ”This workforce really has coronary heart, but the very last two games we got punked.”
Colorado ran off 12 straight details early in the second half to near to forty two-39. Smith came up with crucial baskets when the Buffs twice got inside 3 details.
The Buffs utilised total-court docket stress in the very last pair minutes when they were down 11. Wright got fouled on two straight possessions and built 4 totally free throws to leave Colorado trailing by five. With 50 seconds still left, Wright stepped out of bounds on the baseline, turning the ball about.
Right after generating their initially 20 totally free throws, the Bruins missed four of their subsequent 5 in the game’s closing minute.
”I just understood I hadn’t missed a totally free throw, then I smoked two in a row,” Smith said.
Wright’s three-pointer slice UCLA’s guide to 4 details.
But Smith restored order, generating two totally free throws with 14 seconds to go that stored the Bruins in advance 70-64. Smith’s nine rebounds helped the Bruins very own a 39-29 edge on the boards.
”We have to take care of things like rebounding,” Battey said.
The Buffs had just a person workforce offensive rebound and ten rebounds overall in the initially half.
”This shows that UCLA was tougher,” Boyle said. ”When you get rid of the rebounding match, it really is tough to acquire.”
The Bruins controlled the initially half when they shot forty five% from the floor and led 39-27. They were much better on the boards, in the paint and off the bench in placing with each other runs of 14- and nine-. The Buffs were held devoid of a field objective about the closing four one/two minutes when they built just 4 totally free throws.
Colorado: The Buffs will check out to acquire a weekend break up of their second Pac-12 street trip, like they did very last weekend at the Arizona schools. But they’re going to have to have Wright to get back in the offensive movement previously in the match.
UCLA: The Bruins conquer a ranked workforce for the initially time in 3 attempts this period, which should really bolster their self-confidence heading to the Arizona desert subsequent week. They misplaced by 21 details at No. 12 Oregon and by thirteen to then-No. three Michigan Point out in November.
There was a minute of silence right before the match to honor Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven other folks who died in a helicopter crash very last weekend. The general public address announcer mentioned that Bryant was a good friend to the UCLA men’s and women’s basketball packages. He and Gianna had attended games in new yrs.
Colorado: Visits Southern California on Saturday.
UCLA: Hosts Utah on Sunday in the initially of five residence games in February.
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