UCLA Wins Eighth Straight, Downs Utah 57-53
Jan. 10, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Larry Drew II scored 12 points, including a driving layup to beat the shot clock with nine seconds remaining, to lift UCLA past Utah, 57-53, on Thursday night.
UCLA's four-point victory before 9,510 at the Jon M. Huntsman Center marked its eighth straight win of the season, the Bruins' longest winning streak since recording 10 straight victories in 2008-09.
UCLA (13-3, 3-0 Pac-12) claimed a 34-23 halftime advantage and led by a 44-32 margin with 13:42 to play before Utah used a 9-0 scoring run to reduce the Bruins' cushion to three points - 44-41 with 10:02 left in regulation.
Utah never led in the second half, but closed its deficit to 55-53 on a layup by Jordan Loveridge with 3:25 left in regulation. Neither team scored over the next 3:14 until Drew II's driving layup in the final 10 seconds.
Cedric Martin led the host Utes (8-7, 0-3 Pac-12) with 12 points.
UCLA held Utah to 38.9 percent shooting from the field, including just 4 of 20 (20 percent) from three-point range. The Bruins shot at a 40 percent clip (22-for-55) and made 5 of 15 three-point shots.
The Bruins took advantage of nine first-half turnovers by Utah to build a 13-point halftime lead.
UCLA improved its all-time record to 6-4 against Utah, winning for the second time in as many meetings since the Utes joined the Pac-12 Conference.
The Bruins return to action at Colorado (11-4, 1-2) in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Jan. 12. Game time at the Coors Events Center is 11 a.m. (PT)/12 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks and can be heard on AM 570 (KLAC).
Game Notes: UCLA finished with 10 points off turnovers and registered 12 second-chance points ... Kyle Anderson scored nine of the Bruins' first 14 points ... Shabazz Muhammad finished with six points, marking the first time in 13 games that the freshman from Las Vegas has not scored in double figures (second freshman in school history to have scored at least 10 points in his first 12 collegiate contests, joining Kevin Love in that category) ... Kyle Anderson finished two rebounds shy of his sixth collegiate double-double ... Anderson also added two steals and two blocks.
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