The No. 4 UCLA Bruins played with high stakes in a seemingly low-stakes matchup.
Against the 15-14 Colorado Buffaloes, the Bruins had a chance to improve their record to 25-4. However, arguably more importantly, they could seize the outright PAC-12 regular season title. They also continued their quest for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, hoping to polish their resume.
Despite the chance to win their conference, it seemed like the Bruins would fail to seize the opportunity early. They trailed nearly the entire first half, could not get many shots to fall, and entered halftime down two points. But then, they clawed back through head coach Mick Cronin’s halftime adjustments.
Tyger Campbell contributed to their first three buckets in the second half with two scores and an assist, helping them pick up their second lead of the game. Then, the Bruins exchanged baskets with the Buffaloes for the rest of the game before winning 60-56.
Campbell finished with 14 points. His fellow senior Jaime Jaquez chipped in with 17 points and Adem Bona added eight points and seven rebounds.
Notably, Bona swatted away a Buffaloes’ layup with 18 seconds left, giving the Bruins control of the game.
The Bruins claimed the PAC-12 regular season title with the win and are playing for NCAA tournament seedings in their final two regular-season games. Next, they will face the Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday at home.