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