Tyger Campbell scored a career-high 22 points and dished eight assists, and UCLA never trailed in a 73-57 defeat of Utah on Sunday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.
UCLA (12-10, 5-4 Pac-12) set a fitting tone 23 seconds in the contest when Campbell found Jalen Hill for a dunk. From there, the Bruins were off to the races.
Their lead grew to as many as 13 points in the first half. UCLA then held off a second-half Utah rally, when the Utes cut the deficit to four points with 9:12 remaining. The Bruins scored the next eight points, and the gap never fell below single digits again.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. had 18 points and four of UCLA’s 10 steals, as the Bruins turned 15 Utah turnovers into 17 points. Hill finished with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds.
The win moved UCLA above .500 in league play for the first time since knocking off Washington in the Pac-12 opener on Jan. 2. The Bruins have won four of five heading into next week’s road games against the Arizona schools. They are just one game behind the five teams tied atop the Pac-12 in the loss column.
Utah (12-9, 3-6) came up empty in its Los Angeles road swing after it coughed up a lead in the second half Thursday at USC.
The Utes started sluggishly on offense Sunday, making just 1 of 12 shots from 3-point range in the first half. They sank 8 of 13 from deep in the second half, including three by Riley Battin.
Battin topped Utah with 14 points. Timmy Allen scored 13 and Rylan Jones added 11, but the Utes never recovered from their slow start.
—Field Level Media