No. 2 UCLA rallies for OT win over No. 4 Villanova
Field Level Media
Nov 13, 2021
Jaime Jaquez Jr. recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds as No. 2 UCLA rallied from down 10 points in the second half to beat No. 4 Villanova 86-77 in overtime Friday in Los Angeles.
UCLA (2-0) capped a 7-0 run in overtime when Jaquez connected on a 3-pointer off one of Tyger Campbell's four assists. The outburst proved decisive, as the Bruins led the rest of the way.
Campbell kicked off the run with a turnaround jumper in traffic to tie the game. Johnny Juzang followed with two of his game-high 25 points on a fadeaway just outside the lane.
The Bruins made each of their last 12 free-throw attempts after taking the lead to keep Villanova at bay. UCLA finished 17 of 19 from the foul line, despite not attempting its first free throw until 5:24 remained in regulation.
UCLA struggled getting to the line early in part due to Villanova's stingy defense, which forced 14 turnovers that resulted in 19 points.
The Wildcats (1-1) went on an 11-2 run that lasted more than three minutes midway the second half, opening up the biggest lead of the night at 60-50. Justin Moore and Collin Gillespie connected on consecutive 3-pointers during the run, part of a 11-of-24 shooting performance from long range for Villanova.
UCLA chipped away at the deficit, holding Villanova scoreless for more than five minutes.
UCLA's Jaylen Clark came up big in the final minute of the second half, saving a defensive rebound from going out of bounds and leading to the Bruins' game-tying possession. Jules Bernard scored two of his 16 points on a contested jumper to knot the score at 67.
On the ensuing possession, Clark defended Moore's would-be game-winning layup.
Moore finished with 14 points before fouling out in overtime. Jermaine Samuels led the Wildcats with 20 points, and Gillespie added 18, hitting 4 of 6 attempts from 3-point range.
Campbell scored 14 points for UCLA. Bernard and Juzang grabbed nine and eight rebounds, respectively, to contribute to the Bruins' 46-32 edge on the glass.
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