BYU pulls away late to beat UCLA 78-63 at Maui Invitational

first_imgNovember 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU pulls away late to beat UCLA 78-63 at Maui Invitational Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Maui Jim Maui Invitational Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Jake Toolson scored 20 points, TJ Haws added 15 and Brigham Young knocked off UCLA 78-63 in the opening round of the Maui Invitational on Monday night.BYU (4-2) made up for a size disadvantage against UCLA with ball movement and good perimeter shooting. The Cougars hit 62% from the floor, 9 of 18 3s and used a pair of big runs to pull away in the second half.Haws scored 12 of his points after halftime and Kolby Lee added 13 for BYU.UCLA (4-2) shot well early in both halves but went cold late to lose its second straight to a smaller-conference school.Jules Bernard had 16 points and Cody Riley added 12 for the Bruins.The Day 1 Maui finale featured two teams with new coaches.Mick Cronin arrived at UCLA after a successful stint at Cincinnati hoping to rebuild a program that had lost its way under previous coach Steve Alford.The Bruins were off to a solid start before a 10-point home loss to Hofstra in their last game before heading to Maui.Mark Pope returned to BYU following at stint at Utah Valley, taking over after his former boss, Dave Rose retired.The Cougars have wins over Cal State Fullerton and Houston, but lost to San Diego State and Boise State with star player Yoeli Childs suspended due to paperwork issues.Both teams shot well early once in Maui.UCLA worked the ball inside out and cooled after a fast start, finishing the first half 13 for 29 from the floor.BYU offset the Bruins’ size advantage by going outside and slashing, hitting 15 of 23 shots to lead 36-32.The second half started the same way, both teams hitting shots, neither able to get much separation.The Cougars took control with a 12-2 run to go up 63-54 with six minutes left and went on a late 15-2 run to put the Bruins away.BIG PICTUREBYU struggled shooting at times this season but had no such problem in the Lahaina Civic Center to earn a spot in the Maui semifinals.UCLA was unable to use its advantages in size and athleticism, and now is headed to the loser’s side of the bracket.UP NEXTBYU plays No. 4 Kansas in Tuesday’s semifinals.UCLA faces Chaminade.last_img

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