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UCLA 81, Bellarmine 60

By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored a season-high 27 points, and No. 19 UCLA beat Bellarmine 81-60 despite the absence of leading scorer Jaylen Clark.

Clark sat out for the first time this season because of a non-COVID-19 illness. The junior is averaging 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds.

Freshman Adem Bona added 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field in his highest scoring game so far.

Bellarmine freshman Ben Johnson led the Knights (2-5) with 20 points. Curt Hopf added 16 points.

Bellarmine made 11 3-pointers on 32 attempts, both season highs. Hopf had four 3-pointers in the team's fourth consecutive loss.

The Bruins (5-2) stretched their lead to 20 points in the second half. Jaquez scored six of their first nine points, with freshman Amari Bailey and Jaquez dunking back-to-back. Bailey finished with 12 points.

Led by Hopf, the Knights closed to 60-50. He sank three straight 3-pointers, Johnson scored and Hopf made a layup.

The Bruins answered with seven straight points. Tyger Campbell scored five in a row and Bona dunked. Campbell finished with 10 points and 10 assists.

The highlight play of the game came in the first half. After sinking a pair of free throws, Campbell stole the ball and sent an alley-oop pass to a streaking Bona, who dunked.

Johnson and Garrett Tipton combined to score 18 of Bellarmine's 27 points in the first half.

Singleton, who started in Clark's place, hit a 3-pointer that sent the Bruins into halftime leading 43-27.

Juston Betz didn't start for Bellarmine for the first time this season. He had two points and four fouls in a 21-point loss at Loyola Marymount on Friday.

BIG PICTURE

Bellarmine: The Knights are close to wrapping up a nine-day, 5,633-mile stretch of road games against No. 8 Duke, Loyola Marymount, No. 19 UCLA and No. 15 Kentucky. A year ago, they tested themselves in similar fashion with games at Purdue, Gonzaga and UCLA, all of which were ranked No. 1 in that month.

UCLA: The Bruins lost to ranked Illinois and Baylor last week in Las Vegas, their first time playing ranked opponents in consecutive games since the 2021 NCAA Tournament. They potentially will have another back-to-back against ranked opponents next month, playing at Maryland and against Kentucky in New York within a four-day span. Last season, the Bruins lost in back-to-back games just once and never dropped three in a row.

November 27, 2022


Bellarmine
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Hopf F 28 6-11 0-1 4-8 1-4 1 0 1 1 2 16
A. Pfriem G 32 2-6 0-0 1-4 0-2 4 0 3 4 2 5
B. Wieland G 32 2-5 0-0 1-3 2-4 2 0 0 1 4 5
P. Suder G 28 1-7 0-0 0-2 3-4 4 0 1 6 0 2
G. Tipton G 20 3-6 0-0 2-2 0-3 0 0 0 0 4 8
B. Johnson   28 8-14 2-3 2-8 0-2 0 0 0 2 3 20
J. Fairman   17 0-3 1-2 0-3 1-4 5 0 0 1 4 1
L. Hatton   6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
S. DeVault   5 1-2 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 3
L. Hacker   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals   197 23-54
(.426)
3-6
(.500)
11-32
(.344)
9-26 16 0 5 20 20 60


UCLA
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Bona F 29 6-7 4-6 0-0 1-5 3 2 1 0 3 16
J. Jaquez Jr. G 36 13-17 1-1 0-3 0-7 0 1 4 1 2 27
D. Singleton G 33 2-3 0-0 1-1 0-4 2 0 2 1 2 5
A. Bailey G 32 5-9 2-4 0-3 0-4 8 1 4 3 2 12
T. Campbell G 28 2-8 5-6 1-4 0-2 10 0 2 2 3 10
D. Andrews   17 1-4 2-2 0-3 1-2 3 0 1 1 0 4
A. Canka   14 1-2 0-0 1-2 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 3
K. Nwuba   10 1-1 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Totals   199 31-51
(.608)
16-22
(.727)
3-16
(.188)
4-26 26 4 15 8 12 81
Officials: Tony Padilla, Rick Batsell, Kurt Walker




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