LAS VEGAS (AP) – Jules Bernard scored 18 points and had two blocks to lead No. 2 UCLA over UNLV 73-51 on Saturday.
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The Bruins (6-1) shot 47% from the field and from 3-point range. Tyler Campbell had 15 points and Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez each added 12 points each.
Bryce Hamilton led UNLV (4-3) with 15 points, while Donovan Williams added 12 points. The Rebels fought from the field, finishing at 30% and even less 22% from 3-point range.
The Bruins outscored UNLV 47-27 in the match.
The Rebels scored the first two points of the game, but the Bruins went on a 14-0 run and were never behind again. UNLV reduced the lead to 22-19 before UCLA led 37-22 at the break.
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UNLV was down by 9 points with 14:43 left in the second half, but the Bruins equalized with a 12-0 run and increased the lead to a full 22.
This was the finale of a three-game Las Vegas stay. The Bruins are now 7-0 against UNLV; they beat the Rebels in Los Angeles two years ago by 17 points. The Bruins start Pac-12 conference games in their next two games before four more non-conference competitions.
The Rebels faced the biggest test of the season at UCLA, but they had already played against two other Power 5 conference teams – losing to No. 20 in Michigan but beating California. The Rebels then leave town for the first time this season, traveling to SMU and then San Francisco.
Rebels withdrew Freddie Banks’ No. 13 at the break. Banks played from 1983-87, including UNLV’s Final Four team, which lost to Indiana in the semifinals. Banks had 38 points, including 10 3-pointers, in that game and averaged 19.5 points that season.
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