NCAAB Game Recap - Colorado at UCLA
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:00 PM EST

Gonz
87
SCla
72
F
Oreg
77
Cal
72
F
Iowa
72
MD
82
F
Minn
51
Ill
59
F
Colora
68
UCLA
72
F
MtStM
53
SacHr
58
F
GWebb
70
UNCA
56
F
Charl
87
JMU
68
F
Stetsn
65
NFla
78
F
FlGlf
63
Jacksn
61
F
StFNY
50
(N/A)
61
F
Radf
67
Longw
55
F
N AL
78
NJIT
74
F
IL-C
90
YSU
83
F(OT)
NE
58
W&M
59
F
FaDi
68
Wagn
63
F
UNCW
66
Tows
77
F
CenCT
77
StFPA
84
F
Bry
54
RobM
64
F
USC-Up
77
Presb
74
F
KennSt
45
Lib
83
F
SthAL
73
GASt
76
F
Troy
57
GaSo
86
F
W Ky
65
FlAtl
69
F
Marsh
84
FlInt
74
F
Hof
86
Elon
63
F
IUPUI
62
Clev
72
F
HiPt
62
Campbl
57
F
Charl
59
LaTec
72
F
CoCar
79
ArkLR
96
F
N DA
68
IPFW
72
F
TN-M
86
E KY
99
F
Winth
77
ChaSo
60
F
SEMO
74
MorSt
90
F
App
71
ArkSt
64
F
GrCan
87
TexPA
79
F
ULLa
66
TexAr
65
F
UAB
76
TexSA
68
F
ULMo
51
TxSt
71
F
OlDom
68
SoMis
58
F
Pepp
80
BYU
107
F
NDSt
70
W IL
49
F
TNSt
72
JacSt
62
F
E IL
70
Murr
73
F
Ariz
75
Wash
72
F
MidTN
66
UTEP
67
F
Web
75
S UT
65
F
IdaSt
67
N CO
83
F
CSBak
57
NMSt
61
F
SDak
93
Denv
87
F
Belm
92
TNTec
84
F
SIU-E
58
APSU
82
F
Utah
52
USC
56
F
CS-Ful
100
CAPoly
101
F(OT)
UCIrv
80
UCDav
65
F
Portl
64
StMar
86
F
USF
69
USD
44
F
LoyMa
50
Pacif
62
F
LongB
69
UCRiv
77
F
Mont
81
PorSt
88
F
UCSB
67
CSNor
79
F
OrSt
68
Stan
63
F

UCLA 72, Colorado 68

Jan 30, 2020, 11:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(20) Colorado (16-5)

27

41

68

UCLA (11-10)

39

33

72

UCLA defeats No. 20 Colorado 72-68 behind Smith's 30 points
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:18 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Coming off a blowout loss at ranked Oregon last week might have been enough to derail a young UCLA team.

But the Bruins toughened up to beat No. 20 Colorado 72-68 on Thursday night and returned to .500 in Pac-12 play.

Chris Smith scored a career-high 30 points, making 13 of 15 free throws, Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 13 points and seven rebounds, and Prince Ali had 11 points for the Bruins (11-10, 4-4). They led by 15 points early in the second half and held off Colorado's repeated runs that cut the Bruins' lead to two points.

"Oregon was a rough game," Smith said. "Tonight was definitely a confidence booster. It shows us and everyone else that we can hang with some of the best. We got a really big win."

McKinley Wright IV scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half and Evan Battey added 14 points for the Buffaloes (16-5, 5-3), whose two-game winning streak ended. Wright scored seven of their final 11 points on a 3-pointer and four free throws.

"UCLA just out-toughed us," Buffs coach Tad Boyle said. "This team really has heart, but the last two games we got punked."

Colorado ran off 12 straight points early in the second half to close to 42-39. Smith came up with crucial baskets when the Buffs twice got within three points.

The Buffs used full-court pressure in the last couple minutes when they were down 11. Wright got fouled on two straight possessions and made four free throws to leave Colorado trailing by five. With 50 seconds left, Wright stepped out of bounds on the baseline, turning the ball over.

After making their first 20 free throws, the Bruins missed 4 of their next 5 in the game's final minute.

"I just knew I hadn't missed a free throw, then I smoked two in a row," Smith said.

Wright's 3-pointer cut UCLA's lead to four points.

But Smith restored order, making two free throws with 14 seconds to go that kept the Bruins ahead 70-64. Smith's nine rebounds helped the Bruins own a 39-29 edge on the boards.

"We have to take care of things like rebounding," Battey said.

The Buffs had just one team offensive rebound and 10 rebounds overall in the first half.

"This shows that UCLA was tougher," Boyle said. "When you lose the rebounding game, it's tough to win."

The Bruins controlled the first half when they shot 45% from the floor and led 39-27. They were better on the boards, in the paint and off the bench in putting together runs of 14-0 and 9-0. The Buffs were held without a field goal over the final 4 1/2 minutes when they made just four free throws.

BIG PICTURE

Colorado: The Buffs will try to gain a weekend split of their second Pac-12 road trip, like they did last weekend at the Arizona schools. But they'll need Wright to get back in the offensive flow earlier in the game.

UCLA: The Bruins beat a ranked team for the first time in three tries this season, which should bolster their confidence heading to the Arizona desert next week. They lost by 21 points at No. 12 Oregon and by 13 to then-No. 3 Michigan State in November.

HONORING KOBE

There was a moment of silence before the game to honor Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven others who died in a helicopter crash last weekend. The public address announcer noted that Bryant was a friend to the UCLA men's and women's basketball programs. He and Gianna had attended games in recent years.

UP NEXT

Colorado: Visits Southern California on Saturday.

UCLA: Hosts Utah on Sunday in the first of five home games in February.

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Leaders

Colorado PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Walton 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Kountz 0 0 0 0 0 0
UCLA PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Olesinski 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Bernard 0 0 0 0 1 1

Team Comparison

Colora UCLA
Points For 68 72
Field Goals 19/45-42% 21/54-39%
Three Pointers 7/20-35% 5/15-33%
Free Throws 23/31-74% 25/29-86%
Offensive Rebounds 7 13
Defensive Rebounds 22 26
Rebounds 30 42
Blocks 1 4
Steals 3 8
Turnovers 12 10
Personal Fouls 23 24
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Jan 30 Colora 68 @ UCLA 72 M. Daniels 3 J. Kyman 2

Game Information

Stadium: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 5,566
Game Time: