NCAAB Game Recap - Southern Utah at UCLA
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:00 PM EST

ChaSo
46
MSU
94
F
UtVal
74
KY
82
F
Stetsn
51
OhSt
86
F
TexSA
50
UtSt
82
F
Colg
62
Aub
91
F
UCIrv
53
Colora
69
F
Wilbe
79
SCSt
103
F
N CO
61
WVU
69
F
(N/A)
39
NFla
115
F
Presb
53
ND
63
F
SMU
59
Evans
57
F
CarBi
57
Troy
84
F
W&M
70
Okla
75
F
Monm
50
Pitt
63
F
Hartfo
50
Oakl
60
F
Bry
73
Niag
62
F
App
41
UNCG
55
F
LIU
92
DelSt
84
F
MidTN
72
CoCar
93
F
(N/A)
58
CenMI
115
F
FaDi
65
Army
81
F
USC-Up
45
Akr
76
F
Eccle
55
South
121
F
(N/A)
51
McNee
103
F
HiPt
51
Belm
90
F
(N/A)
68
Leh
87
F
Campv
66
W Ky
109
F
(N/A)
61
E IL
114
F
SIU-E
56
SDak
71
F
JackSt
58
TxSt
73
F
Longw
48
NIU
65
F
Bacon
38
UMKC
111
F
Woff
56
Mizzu
75
F
HI
53
Ill
66
F
AF
54
TCU
65
F
MTTec
74
Mont
72
F
(N/A)
65
TNSt
99
F
AbCh
58
UNLV
72
F
PVAM
50
Cal
54
F
S UT
61
UCLA
76
F

Nov 18, 2019, 11:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Southern Utah (2-2)

22

39

61

UCLA (4-0)

35

41

76

Smith leads Unbeaten UCLA to win over Southern Utah
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:32 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA’s basketball team put on a defensive clinic for the first 10 minutes of its game against Southern Utah.

It had steals, blocked shots, deflections and more. UCLA coach Mick Cronin hopes he can get the Bruins to play that way for an entire game and then he might have something.

Chris Smith scored 20 points and Jalen Hill added 17 points to lead UCLA to a 76-61 win over Southern Utah on Monday night.

The Bruins remain undefeated, all four wins coming at home.

“We have to play 40 minutes the right way all the time,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said. “We have a lot of growth to do.”

UCLA built an early 17-3 lead behind an impressive defense and Southern Utah went 8½ minutes without a field goal during that stretch. The Bruins extended that lead to 25-6. It was the next 30 minutes that UCLA was never in danger of losing the game but didn’t put the Thunderbirds away, either.

“We still haven’t scratched the surface,” Smith said. “As we showed in the first 10 minutes or so, when our defense is locked in, we’re helping each other and talking to each other, we make teams look like they can’t score. Six points in 10 minutes, our defense was extra on point. Our offense is getting better. We’ve got a lot to get better at.”

UCLA had 11 steals and 10 blocked shots and 42 deflections. Much of that good work came from the game’s start. Cronin’s mind was on the work to get his team to play more consistently on the defensive end. UCLA also had 15 turnovers.

“We were sloppy,” Cronin said. “I’ve got to get the job done with our team as far as the way we take care of the basketball if we want to have a chance to be a good team. I told the guys I’ve coached a lot of teams that went to the NCAA Tournament simply because we didn’t turn the ball over.”

John Knight III led the Thunderbirds (2-2) with 14 points.

This was the first meeting between the schools.

For Southern Utah, Dre Marin made a 3-pointer from the corner with 10:44 left in the first half to end the scoring drought and cut the lead to 17-6. Southern Utah (2-2) trailed 35-22 at halftime.

“We dug ourselves a deep hole by starting the game with turnovers,” Southern Utah coach Todd Simon said. “We really coughed the ball up a lot. When you start that poorly, it aways makes playing behind ready tough. We will rectify this. I think it’s also the game schedule. We may have a little bit of road-weariness.”

BIG PICTURE

Southern Utah: The Thunderbirds weren’t able to run offensive sets like they wanted, but the experience playing UCLA at Pauley Pavilion will surely pay dividends later.

UCLA: The Bruins defense was stifling and that led to plenty of transition baskets. The game was a campus game for the Maui Invitational.

MILESTONE FOR O’NEAL

In the second half, Shareef O’Neal made a 3-pointer from the right wing for the first points of his UCLA career. He finished with five points, three rebounds and one block in 16 minutes. O’Neal, the son of Shaquille O’Neal, had missed the two previous games due to a hip injury and sat out last season because of open-heart surgery last December.

QUOTABLE

Cronin was searching for consistency Monday after his team’s hot start and lackluster following 30 minutes. It was an effort that was plenty enough to win but not to Cronin’s liking.

“We’re nowhere near the machine we need to become,” Cronin said. “I look at teams like Alabama and Clemson and the Patriots, and they’re just machines. We’ve got to become a machine. Never look at the scoreboard. You’ve got to play 40 minutes the right way all the time.”

UP NEXT

Southern Utah: Plays Charleston Southern in the Maui Invitational at Johnson City, Tennessee on Saturday.

UCLA: Hosts Hofstra on Thursday.

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Leaders

Southern Utah PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Cornish 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. McEntire 0 0 0 1 1 0
UCLA PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. Stong 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Olesinski 0 0 0 0 0 2

Team Comparison

S UT UCLA
Points For 61 76
Field Goals 20/56-36% 24/56-43%
Three Pointers 5/19-26% 3/11-27%
Free Throws 16/23-70% 25/39-64%
Offensive Rebounds 9 13
Defensive Rebounds 26 29
Rebounds 41 46
Blocks 2 10
Steals 8 11
Turnovers 17 15
Personal Fouls 28 22
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - UCLA Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Nov 18 S UT 61 @ UCLA 76 M. Fausett 1 D. Singleton 2

Game Information

Stadium: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 4,427
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