UCLA Men’s Basketball Outlasts Washington, 81-76

LOS ANGELESJules Bernard scored a game-high 20 points and had nine rebounds to lead UCLA past Washington, 81-76, in a comeback victory on Saturday in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.


UCLA (11-2, 7-0 Pac-12) overcame a 39-29 halftime deficit, opening the first four minutes of the second half with a 10-0 scoring run to tie the game.


In all, four Bruins scored in double figures. Jaime Jaquez Jr. finished with 15 points, Cody Riley scored 14 points and Tyger Campbell registered 11 points and five assists. UCLA registered its sixth consecutive win and improved to 8-0 at home this season.


Washington’s Quade Green totaled a team-leading 25 points for the visiting Huskies (1-11, 0-7 Pac-12).


With the victory, UCLA improved to 7-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 1993-94. The Bruins have not opened with eight consecutive conference victories since 1982-83, when UCLA went 9-0 in Pac-10 action and finished that season with a 15-3 league record.


Bernard had 15 of his 20 points in the second half on Saturday afternoon. He finished with game 4-for-7 from 3-point range and connected on 3 of those 4 attempts in the second half.


UCLA led 51-45 with 12:15 left in the second half after a 3-point basket by Bernard, but Washington hung close through the final 12 minutes. The Huskies erased a 61-54 deficit in the game’s last eight minutes, securing a 67-65 advantage with 5:06 to play on a 3-pointer from Hameir Wright.


Campbell answered for the Bruins with a game-tying jump shot, before Green scored for Washington, giving the Huskies a 69-67 cushion.


Trailing 70-69 with 3:32 to play, UCLA used an 8-0 scoring run to take a 77-70 lead. Through that 8-0 sequence, UCLA received a layup from Riley, a pair of baskets by Campbell and an authoritative dunk by Jaquez Jr.


Washington trimmed UCLA’s margin to 77-74 in the game’s final minute before Jaylen Clark knocked down a pair of free throws for the Bruins.


Green’s jump shot in the final 10 seconds cut UCLA’s advantage to 79-76. Bernard hit a pair of free throws for UCLA with five seconds to play, helping to ice the victory.


Washington’s Erik Stevenson scored all 11 of his points in the first half, helping the Huskies take a double-digit lead against UCLA. He finished the game having made 4 of 11 shots, including 3-of-6 from 3-point territory.


The Huskies led by as many as 12 points late in the first half (39-27, at the 1:27 mark) before the Bruins answered with a layup by Jaquez Jr., cutting Washington’s cushion to 39-29.


UCLA will return to action on the road next week, playing at California on Thursday, Jan. 21. The Bruins’ game in Berkeley, Calif., is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (PT) and will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.

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