No. 5 UCLA picks up key win over Arizona State

The Bruins defeated the Sun Devils to build a two-game lead in the Pac-12 Conference standings.

The No. 5 UCLA Bruins did not repeat history. Instead, they emerged victorious in Tempe, Arizona, by defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils, 74-62.

The last time the Bruins played on the road against them, they were ranked as the No. 3 team in the country before losing in double-overtime. Today, as the No. 5 ranked team, the Bruins grabbed an important win. 

They entered the game at the top of the Pac-12 Conference standings with a 7-0 record, while the Sun Devils trailed in second place being 6-1. The Bruins now have a two-game cushion in first place.

Tyger Campbell and David Singleton led their offensive effort. 

Campbell scored mainly in the mid-range and at the foul line, making eight free throws. On the other hand, Singleton was consistent from beyond the arc, giving the Bruins much-needed life when the Sun Devils went on scoring runs. 

Campbell scored 22 points, while Singleton finished with 21 points, 12 of which came from three-pointers. 

Singleton, the usual sixth man, started in place of Amari Bailey, who missed his sixth consecutive game because of a foot injury. Bailey took some shots during the pregame warmup but did not suit up.

Aside from the regular contributors, the Bruins exhibited a deeper-than-usual rotation, as the Sun Devils typically play ten players. It was not all pretty for them, but they had a few thrilling moments.

With under five minutes in the first half, Dylan Andrews made a three-pointer. Then, he jumped in a passing lane on defense and flew to score on a contested dunk. However, as he rose from the floor, he chirped at the Sun Devils, receiving a technical foul and disciplining from head coach Mick Cronin and Singleton. 

Also experiencing such challenges was Adem Bona. After recent leaps on the offensive end of the floor, he regressed with his footwork by traveling three times in the first half.

Andrews finished with seven points, while Bona ended with five points, two rebounds, two blocks, and five turnovers. 

The Sun Devils displayed active defense in the first half, especially around the basket. A victim of this was Jaime Jaquez, who struggled to score against double and triple teams in the post. However, he made a couple of crucial baskets down the stretch to seal the game for the Bruins.

Jaquez ended with nine points, six rebounds, and five assists.

Will McClendon did not wear a knee brace for the first time this season but did not make much of an impact in the seven minutes he played. 

Next, the Bruins travel south to face the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday.

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