Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA maintain off Stanford to win Pac-12 opener

The huge early run and all these turnovers UCLA compelled weren’t going to result in the simple night the Bruins as soon as envisioned.

A sloppy stretch within the second half helped swing a Maples Pavilion crowd that when generated extra noise for the guests again squarely in favor of the house crew.

When Stanford’s Brandon Angel rose for a three-pointer with 41/2 minutes left Thursday night time, a UCLA lead that had as soon as stood at 23 factors was all the way down to eight and the strain contained in the outdated constructing was palpable.

It was then that the Bruins turned to a savvy pal to get them by the robust instances.

Senior ahead Jaime Jaquez Jr. banked in a brief jumper and made a layup amid a sea of our bodies to assist the No. 21 Bruins persevere for an 80-66 victory of their Pac-12 Convention opener after having scored the sport’s first 17 factors.

“Your first road game is your scariest road game, especially with all our freshmen,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin stated, “so I was really happy with the way we started out and we rode that the rest of the way.”

Jaquez completed with 27 factors on 12-for-17 capturing to assist UCLA (6-2 total, 1-0 Pac-12) make 59.3% of its pictures and face up to a slipshod second half during which it dedicated 13 turnovers, Bruins followers lastly exhaling with an eight-clap with about 11/2 minutes left.

Freshman guard Amari Bailey added 19 factors and senior guard Tyger Campbell tallied 17 factors and eight assists for the Bruins, who held the Cardinal (3-5, 0-1) to 45.3% capturing and 17 turnovers.

The sport didn’t seem headed for a dramatic end given its lopsided begin. Just a few seconds after tipoff, UCLA’s Jaylen Clark double-teamed Brandon Ingram, the additional assist confounding the Stanford ahead and forcing a touring violation.

The Cardinal couldn’t even get the ball previous halfcourt on its subsequent possession. A ten-second violation continued a procession of turnovers that made it appear as if Stanford had by no means confronted a full-court press.

Stanford’s first 9 possessions led to futile style. Seven turnovers and two missed pictures later, the Cardinal remained scoreless. UCLA had rolled off the sport’s first 17 factors whereas making all eight pictures.

“That was a great way to come out and just put our foot on their neck,” Bailey stated.

The mantra that serenaded the Bruins after Jaquez stole an inbounds go for a breakaway dunk offered comforting familiarity of their first true highway sport of the season.

Stanford guard Michael Jones (13) seems to be to go as UCLA guard Amari Bailey (5) defends towards ahead Spencer Jones (14) throughout the first half on Thursday in Palo Alto.

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“U-C-L-A!” followers shouted.

Jaquez stated crucial a part of the game-opening spurt was what the Bruins did defensively.

“The key was to disrupt their offense, not let them run their sets,” Jaquez stated. “They’re a major set play team, so if we don’t let them run their sets, we just thought they were going to be lost and not know what to do.”

The Bruins held a 50-29 halftime lead after capturing 62.9% to Stanford’s 43.5% and forcing 9 Cardinal turnovers.

The highlights included what regarded like a Bailey trapeze act given the best way he flew towards the basket for a put-back dunk that had his teammates flapping towels on the bench in celebration.

“Our ball movement in the first half was as good as it’s been since I’ve been here side to side,” Cronin stated. “It was a layup drill.”

Cronin blamed himself for his crew’s second-half letdown, saying he ought to have performed his reserves extra to maintain his starters contemporary and the depth degree as excessive because it was early within the sport.

Jaquez performed 37 minutes, Campbell 36 and Bailey 32, numbers that Cronin regretted even after his crew posted its third consecutive victory.

Extra assist could possibly be on the best way quickly. Cronin stated Will McClendon, a redshirt freshman guard who sat out final season with a knee damage, may make his faculty debut Sunday towards Oregon, giving the Bruins another choice.

McClendon has already helped by offering one other apply physique that’s allowed UCLA to boost the full-court press that’s labored so successfully the final two video games.

“It’s just so many things to get in when you’ve got all these freshmen, just so much to teach,” Cronin stated. “The press is the last thing.”

If the best way the Bruins unleashed it within the first half is any indication, they’re fast learners.