UCLA men’s basketball narrowly defeats Utah 72-70 on New Year’s Eve

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By Finn Chitwood

Jan. 2nd, 2021, 5:40p.m.

UCLA entered the matchup undefeated at home, looking to bounce back after a loss to Ohio State on the road.

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Redshirt sophomore guard Tyger Campbell weaves through traffic before making a pass. Campbell finished the game with nine points and 10 assists.

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Redshirt junior forward/center Jalen Hill shoots a free throw. Hill ended the night 6-of-8 at the line.

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Junior guard Jules Bernard drives on Utah guard Pelle Larsson. Bernard finished with 13 points on a team-high 10 shots.

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Sophomore guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. attempts a shot over Utah forward Mikael Jantunen. Jaquez finished the game with 10 points.

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Redshirt junior forward Cody Riley, senior guard Chris Smith, and Utah’s Plummer all fight for the rebound simultaneously.

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Hill attempts a block against Utah forward Riley Battin.

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Smith kicks the ball out to one of his teammates. He was the Bruins’ leading scorer with 16 points.

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Sophomore guard Johnny Juzang defends Utah guard Alfonso Plummer.

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Campbell utilizes the screen set by Jaquez on Jantunen.

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Jaquez shoots over Battin, one of his nine field goal attempts in the game.

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