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Tyger Campbell scores 17, UCLA No. 5 pulls far to beat Cal – Orange County Register

BERKELEY, Calif. – Tyger Campbell scored 17 points, Johnny Juzang made a late treble 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) returned victorious in the game after being absent for nearly a month due to COVID-19 issues.

“Honestly, we feel like we’re starting over with such a big break,” UCLA coach Mike Cronin said. “I knew we were going to take Cal’s best shot because I knew what (coach) Mark Fox was made of. We told our guys we would probably have to crush it out. ”

The Bruins players were closed and limited to four 3-pointers but were dragged behind a defense that held the Golden Bears to eight points in the final nine minutes.

Campbell, who has had three of the 10 Bruins steals, said: “We had a point in the transition and we were able to build on that and create things. “The coach likes to turn our defense into an attack so that’s good for us. It worked for us because on nights like tonight we didn’t shoot our best offensively and our defense kept them below 60. It’s good to come back. ”

Juzang, UCLA’s top scorer and all-around American pre-season, missed six of his first seven shots but pulled three-pointers to give the Bruins a 55-43 lead. Juzang has doubled in 17 consecutive games since 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 games to their internal opponents.

“We did a lot of things to have a chance throughout the game, but for the best, you have to be a little bit better than us tonight,” Fox said. “We can point to four or five small, small mistakes in the game that end up being the difference. I think just being a little more consistent across the board will get us through. ”

UCLA methodically withdrew in the second half after the Bruins missed their first six shots after halftime.

Juzang gave UCLA a 49-39 lead after Cody Riley intercepted Grant Anticevich’s pass and passed it to Campbell, who found Juzang under the basket to make a substitution. Campbell followed with a 3 to make it 52-39.

Campbell and Jaquez tied the score 15-5 late in the first half. Campbell powerfully attacked the basket and spun past defenders to score while Jaquez shot from low to give the Bruins a 31-25 lead.

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/01/08/tyger-campbell-scores-17-no-5-ucla-pulls-away-to-beat-cal/ Tyger Campbell scores 17, UCLA No. 5 pulls far to beat Cal – Orange County Register

Huynh Nguyen

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