For the primary time since 2017, UCLA has superior previous the primary spherical of the NCAA Match. The Bruins defeated the BYU Cougars 73-62 Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse as their Cinderella story extends for no less than two extra days.
The Bruins began off like a group that was warmed up for the event, the advantage of having to begin early with the First 4 on Thursday. They went up 12-5 whereas BYU missed its first six photographs and first two free throws.
That momentum carried by the primary half, as UCLA shot 50 % from the sphere. Johnny Juzang, who seemed like he won’t be obtainable after injuring his proper ankle in opposition to Michigan State, was as an alternative unconscious to start the sport. He scored 19 factors within the first half, and Jaime Jaquez added one other eight, together with a wonderful drive and dunk to get the Bruins up 11, because of a beneficiant filter from David Singleton.
UCLA went up 14 early within the second half, however the Cougars made a tactical adjustment to disclaim Juzang the ball in any respect prices and permit the Bruins to play 4-on-4 within the half courtroom. BYU took benefit of UCLA’s confusion and indecisiveness to tug inside 4. In response, Jules Bernard reeled off 5 factors, and his menace as a scorer pressured the Cougars to recalibrate, liberating Juzang on the offensive finish.
The trio of Juzang, Jaquez, and Bernard saved the strain up, the lone three UCLA scorers in double digits. They completed with 56 of the group’s 73 factors whereas capturing 58 % from the sphere and making half of their 12 3-pointers. The Bruins entered the sport 15-3 on the season once they made six or extra threes, and so they made seven within the first half.
On the finish of spherical one, all 5 of the groups within the Pac-12 are nonetheless alive, a exceptional achievement contemplating the convention had 4 whole wins during the last two NCAA Tournaments. UCLA will now play the winner of Texas vs. Abilene Christian within the second spherical.