UCLA assumed control at the University of Utah and never gave it up, claiming a 76-61 win at the Huntsman Center. Here are three quick takeaways.
1. UCLA got anything it wanted on offense: In the lane, point-blank at the rim, mid-range stuff, out to the 3-point line, didn’t matter. The Bruins were getting open looks and they were knocking them down. The Utes did a subpar job of running UCLA off the 3-point line, which didn’t help. The Bruins got comfortable early and stayed comfortable throughout what turned into a one-sided game.
2. Utah couldn’t hit anything: For as many clean looks as UCLA had, the Utes seemed to have a comparable number, but couldn’t knock them down, especially early. Here’s what you need to know about Utah’s offense on Thursday night. Timmy Allen finished with just 8 points on 4-for-13 shooting.
3. Rylan Jones returned to the lineup, which is good: The sophomore point guard played 17 minutes off the bench, finishing with seven assists, but that doesn’t matter as much as the fact that he was out there. Jones getting back out there after four missed games with a right shoulder injury means he has four games to get it going ahead of the Pac-12 tournament.
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