Amari Bailey bails out Bruins in Pac-12 win over Colorado

Life with out Jaylen Clark goes to be robust. Amari Bailey made certain it wasn’t insufferable.

In UCLA’s first recreation with out its most relentless defender, it bought an offensive barrage from its star freshman guard to keep at bay an enormous upset.

Bailey’s career-high 26 factors pushed the second-ranked and top-seeded Bruins to an 80-69 victory over ninth-seeded Colorado on Thursday afternoon in a Pac-12 event quarterfinal at T-Mobile Arena.

UCLA might exhale solely after a sequence wherein Jaime Jaquez Jr. adopted a steal with a give-and-go with Tyger Campbell that ended in a Jaquez layup wherein he was fouled and made the free throw, extending the Bruins’ result in 73-65 with 1:21 left.

Frustrations then boiled over for Colorado Tad Boyle, who picked up two technical fouls and was ejected with 54 seconds left.

Campbell completed with 18 factors and 7 assists and Jaquez tallied 16 factors and 9 rebounds for the Bruins (28-4), who prolonged their profitable streak to 11 video games.

UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr., left, appears to be like to go round Colorado guard Luke O’Brien in the course of the first half Thursday. Jaquez completed with 16 factors.

(David Becker / Associated Press)

Clark was out after struggling a lower-leg damage in opposition to Arizona final weekend that might preserve him out of the postseason. He didn’t journey with the workforce to Las Vegas.

Tristan da Silva scored 17 factors for the Buffaloes, who have been additionally shorthanded with level guard Okay.J. Simpson sidelined by mono.

The Bruins have been in hassle early within the second half when UCLA coach Mick Cronin yanked Jaquez after the Pac-12 participant of the 12 months dedicated back-to-back turnovers. The Buffaloes had a counter for each UCLA push and saved making pictures, taking a 49-46 lead on a nook three-pointer from Luke O’Brien.

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Da Silva gave Colorado a 61-60 lead with a three-pointer over Jaquez earlier than Jaquez countered together with his personal three-pointer, sparking a 9-0 push for the Bruins that included a Campbell layup in transition and two Bailey free throws.

UCLA trailed, 38-37, at halftime after Colorado frequently made itself comfy behind the three-point line, making seven of 12 pictures from lengthy vary.

The Bruins bought an early enhance from Bailey, who scored 12 factors over the primary 11½ minutes earlier than selecting up his second foul and going to the bench for the rest of the primary half.