Strong scoring effort not enough as Huskies fall to UCLA 81-76

The Washington Huskies placed four players in double figures but the offensive explosion was not enough to overcome defensive lapses down the stretch .The Huskies determined effort to move the ball around was effective enough to give the Huskies a 39-29 halftime lead.

Jules Bernard had 20 points and nine rebounds, and first-place UCLA survived a scare from last-place Washington to win 81-76 on Saturday for its sixth straight victory.

The Bruins (11-2, 7-0 Pac-12) extended their home winning streak to 15 games. Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 15 points, and Cody Riley had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Washington (1-11, 0-7) was led by Quade Green with 25 points, one off his career high. Hameir Wright added a career-high 15 points and seven rebounds. The Huskies’ lone win this season was against Seattle on Dec. 9.

Chasing their first win at Pauley Pavilion since 2016, the Huskies led by 12 points in the first half.

The Bruins began turning things around coming out of halftime. They scored the first 10 points to tie the game at 39-all. They ran off another 10 in a row to take a 53-45 lead.

Jaquez Jr.’s dunk off Tyger Campbell’s lob pass extended the Bruins’ lead to 61-54. But the Huskies weren’t done yet.

They got seven straight points from Marcus Tsohonis and a 3-pointer by Wright to go up 67-65.

The Huskies took their last lead, 70-69, on a free throw by Jamal Bey.

UCLA closed the game on a 12-6 run.

Erik Stevenson missed a potential tying 3-pointer with UCLA freshman Jaylen Clark in his face with 11 seconds to go. Clark got fouled by Wright and made both.

The Huskies raced to an 18-9 lead to start the game while the Bruins missed nine of their first 11 shots. UCLA recovered and ran off 10 points in a row – helped by two 3-pointers from David Singleton off the bench – to take its lone lead of the half, 22-20.

Washington responded by outscoring the Bruins 13-2, including eight in a row. The Huskies led by 12 before going into the break ahead 39-29.

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