BOULDER, Colo. -- The UCLA Bruins turned in their worst shooting performance of the season in the second half as the Colorado Buffaloes erased a halftime deficit and ran away with a 62-42 win on Friday night in the Coors Events Center.
The Bruins were a paltry 1-for-15 from the field to start the second half and missed their first five free throws as Colorado built a lead of 39-32 with 11:50 to go. UCLA would never recover and ended up shooting its worst half of the year at 12.0 percent (3-for-25), leading to its lowest point production of any half at just 12 points. Colorado had runouts to easy baskets and dominated the glass in the second half to push its lead to a game-high 20 points to provide the final margin.
The Bruins dropped to ninth place in the Pac-12 and are 12-17 overall and 6-11 in league play and will play Colorado in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament (Thursday, March 6). Colorado improved to 16-12 on the year and 6-11 in the Pac-12.
Arielle Roberson led all scorers with 14 points and completed a double-double with 11 rebounds. Jamee Swan matched Roberson's point production with 14 points and Haley Smith had 11 points to round out a trio of double-figure scorers for the Buffaloes.
Atonye Nyingifa led the Bruins with 12 points and Thea Lemberger had 11 points for UCLA. The Bruins lost the battle of the boards, 42-32 and had 19 turnovers compared to 13 for Colorado. UCLA ended up shooting 30.0 percent from the field (15-for-50) for the game.
The first half was a tight affair with Colorado jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead, only to see UCLA go on a 7-2 run to take a 7-6 lead. Neither team led by more than four points in the first half as there was three ties and seven lead changes.
The Bruins outshot Colorado 48.0 percent (12-for-25) to 39.4 percent (13-for-33) in the first half. But couldn't build a larger lead than three points due to 11 turnovers, compared to just seven for the Buffaloes. Both teams battled to a 17-17 tie on the boards. Nyingifa's 42-game consecutive starts streak came to an end as she was benched for violation of unspecified team rules.
UCLA concludes the regular season in Salt Lake City on March 2 when it faces Utah. The game against the Utes will be on the Pac-12 Networks and will tip at 1:00 p.m.
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