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Tyger Campbell, No. 7 UCLA roll over Utah

Jan 12, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA;  UCLA Bruins forward Adem Bona (3) reacts after a dunk during the first half against the Utah Utes at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Tyger Campbell recorded 17 points and seven assists to lead No. 7 UCLA to an easy 68-49 victory over Utah on Thursday night in Pac-12 play at Los Angeles.

Adem Bona added 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and collected eight rebounds for the Bruins (15-2, 6-0 Pac-12), who won their 12th consecutive contest. Jaylen Clark added 11 points, five rebounds and three steals, and Jaime Jaquez Jr. had eight points, 12 rebounds and six assists for UCLA.

Rollie Worster scored 12 points to pace the Utes (12-6, 5-2), who lost their second straight game.

Utah’s Branden Carlson missed the game with a non-COVID illness. Carlson leads the Utes in scoring (15.7 per game) and rebounding (7.4).

UCLA shot 48.3 percent from the field, including 7 of 18 from 3-point range. The Bruins had a 40-26 rebounding edge.

UCLA had an 8-0 advantage in blocked shots, with Kenneth Nwuba having five of the rejections. The Bruins matched a season best by allowing just 49 points.

The Utes made just 36.7 percent of their shots and were 6 of 19 from behind the arc while matching their season low for points.

Campbell scored 11 points and Bona had 10 on 5-of-5 shooting as UCLA led 31-22 at halftime.

Utah scored the first four points of the contest, and the Bruins finally got on the board on David Singleton’s layup 4:24 into the game.

But the basket began a run of 11 straight UCLA points and the Bruins never trailed again.

Campbell later drained two treys in a span of 58 seconds to give UCLA a 26-15 lead with 5:02 left in the half.

In the second half, the Bruins expanded their lead to 46-28 on Singleton’s basket with 12:03 left.

Worster knocked down a 3-pointer to bring Utah within 50-36 with 9:33 left, but the Utes didn’t have another run in them.

A short time later, Dylan Andrews buried a 3-pointer to cap an 8-0 burst as UCLA stretched its lead to 61-38 with 5:36 left.

Clark’s dunk gave UCLA a game-best 24-point lead with 3:30 left, and coach Mick Cronin soon cleared the bench.

–Field Level Media