UCLA's David Singleton Becomes "Tripleton" as Bruins Destroy Huskies, 76-50
He hit six of eight treys and scored a career-high 22.
Unlike Thursday night’s start against Washington State which saw the Bruins score the first nine points, UCLA gave Washington a full five-minute head start tonight and they still managed to crush the Huskies by 26 points as the Bruins didn’t get on the board until there was 14:48 left in the first half. Despite letting Washington score the first six points of the game and the fact that the team was missing Johnny Juzang and Cody Riley for the entire game, the Bruins managed a very convincing win.
UCLA was also without Tyger Campbell for about half the game. That’s because Campbell appeared to hurt his shoulder on the first play of the game, but he returned until being removed for good with about ten minutes to go in the game.
After spotting the Huskies the first six points in the first five minutes, the Bruins came roaring right back to tie in a minute and a half.
The Huskies weren’t quite done yet, though. Terrell Brown made a pair of free throws following a foul by Jules Bernard to give Washington an 8-6 lead.
UCLA responded with a three from David Singleton, his first of six, and the Bruins led 9-8.
From there, the Bruins just kept building on their lead. With 2:27 left in the half, Campbell hit a three to stretch UCLA’s lead into double-digits, 33-21, and with just over a minute to go, Jaylen Clark had pushed it to 14 points. But Brown was able to make the final shot of the first half to trim the Bruins’ lead to 12 at the break, 37-25.
The first three-plus minutes of the second half saw UCLA increase their lead to 20 points, 46-26. Frequently, this is a point where a losing team may make a run to get back into a game.
That wasn’t happening tonight.
In fact, UCLA kept pounding the Huskies and the Bruins were soon up by 30 points, 58-28, with 12:27 to go. That’s when a three from Campbell and a jumper from Jake Kyman put UCLA ahead by 35, 63-28, with 11:41 left.
And that still wasn’t UCLA’s biggest lead of the game.
At the 10-minute media timeout, Coach Cronin opted for a mass substitution. Campbell, Jaime Jaquez, Jr., Peyton Watson and Kenneth Nwuba came out and Jaylen Clark, Jules Bernard, Myles Johnson, and Singleton all re-entered the game. Campbell and Jaquez were done for the night, but the Bruins weren’t.
With 7:12 left, Kyman hit another UCLA three and the Bruins now had what would be their biggest lead of the game at 37 points, 72-35.
Just how good was UCLA tonight? Well, let’s just say that Washington wasn’t even the second best team on the floor tonight. UCLA’s bench, with 28 points from five guys who averaged just 15.4 minutes tonight, was.
Washington finally managed to cut into UCLA’s lead in the final seven minutes. That’s when the Huskies were able to score 15 of their 50 points which cut the Bruins lead by 11 to just 26 points and a final score of 76-50.
Even though Singleton had a career-high 22 points tonight, he still didn’t lead UCLA in points. That honor went to Clark, who led the Bruins with 25. Myles Johnson continued being a beast on the boards with 13 rebounds.
The Bruins will look to maintain the same intensity on Monday night when UCLA hosts Arizona State for a make-up game on President’s Day at 6 pm PT.