BOVERER, Colo. – Johnny Juzang scored 23 points, including an important pair of free throws with 16 seconds left, and ninth-placed UCLA held Colorado 71-65 on Saturday night.
Jaime Jaquez Jr added 14 points for the Bruins (13-2, 5-1 Pac-12), and Tyger Campbell redeemed himself with an unsuccessful night by sinking his only basket, a 3-pointer. from the top of the circle with 1:27 remaining after the Buffaloes (12-6, 4-4) cut their deficit to 62-61.
Buff can never take the lead. They had a chance to draw 65 when Jabari Walker, who led Colorado with 19 points, missed the opportunity when the clock was below 20 seconds.
Juzang sank both free throws with 16 seconds remaining to make it 67-63 and, after another misstep from Walker, Jules Bernard sank a pair of fouls with 6.7 seconds left.
Bernard made another pair of fouls with 1.6 seconds left after KJ Simpson’s quick clearance to score the final point.
For the first 30 minutes, it looked like the Bruins would have an easy run for their game next week against third-placed Arizona, but the Buffs overlooked their 15-point mid-half shortfall to make it real. Its a game over.
The Buffaloes also lost a heartbreaking 61-58 to USC on Thursday night. They have lost 0-5 to ranked teams this season, including 0-2 to Bruins. Last year, they lost 3-3 to teams in the Top 25.
The Bruins were unable to maintain the lead in the second half. Colorado pulled to 53-47 with a little more than eight minutes left after kickbacks from Tristan de Silva, who came on when Walker limped off in favor of his right foot with 10:35 left.
Walker returned with eight minutes remaining and scored in a breakthrough while being fouled by Jaquez Jr with 3:50 on the left.
Bucks made it 58-54 and a free throw after time ran out made it 58-55.
Juzang hit two jumpers and Campbell, averaging 12.1 points, made his only shot, helping against the Buffaloes, who led 43-28 at halftime after only scoring. a basket at the final 8:06 of the first half.
After taking the Buffs 18-0 on points in the first half, the Bruins saw their lead cut to a point but they never lost their lead before becoming a the match only had one in the last minute. The Buffs made it a contest but they will lament their first half, when they made only seven shots, of which only three 2-pointers.
With three wins in a row, the Bruins got their revenge after losing to Oregon in extra time. Now is their confrontation with third-placed Arizona on Tuesday night, the biggest game in the Pac-12 this season – at least until February 3, when they rematch in Tucson, Arizona.
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