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No. 5 UCLA turns to defense to beat Cal

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Jan 8, 2022; Berkeley, California, USA; UCLA Bruins guard David Singleton (34) looks to pass the ball against California Golden Bears guard Jordan Shepherd (31) and forward Andre Kelly (22) during the first half at Haas Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2022; Berkeley, California, USA; UCLA Bruins guard David Singleton (34) looks to pass the ball against California Golden Bears guard Jordan Shepherd (31) and forward Andre Kelly (22) during the first half at Haas Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Tyger Campbell scored 17 points, Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 14, and No. 5 UCLA held host Cal to just 1-for-14 shooting from 3-point range to win a 60-52 defensive struggle Saturday in Berkeley, Calif.

The Bruins (10-1, 2-0 Pac-12 Conference) — playing their first league game since Dec. 1 and first Pac-12 road game this season — did not give up a made 3-pointer throughout the second half.

UCLA also forced 15 Cal turnovers, which the Bruins converted into 17 points, helping to overcome the team’s lowest-scoring performance of the season.

Campbell and Jaquez buoyed the Bruins through the night, starting early. They combined for 21 of UCLA’s 31 first-half points.

Jules Bernard went 0-of-6 from the floor and finished with four points after scoring 22 points on Thursday. He contributed on Saturday with a team-high seven rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal.

Johnny Juzang scored nine points, but shot just 3-of-10 from the field and 1-of-4 from 3-point range. Cody Riley, who on Thursday made his return from a sprained MCL sustained in the Nov. 9 season opener, scored nine points on 3-of-8 shooting.

David Singleton went 3-of-3 off the bench for seven points.

Cal (9-7, 2-3) shot just 40.4 percent from the floor, including 34.4 percent in the second half. Andre Kelly scored a game-high 22 points, accounting for almost half of Cal’s 23 total made field goals with an 11-of-14 performance.

Jordan Shepherd, the only other Golden Bear to score in double-figures with 10 points, shot 4-of-14 from the floor. UCLA held Grant Anticevich to two points on 1-of-11 shooting and 0-of-6 from 3-point range.

Anticevich scored 19 points on Thursday against USC.

Saturday was UCLA’s second game in three days after having last played Dec. 11 due to COVID-19 pauses in both its own program and those of scheduled opponents.

–Field Level Media