MILWAUKEE – Jaime Jaquez Jr. had 24 points and 11 rebounds to help UCLA No. 4 defeat Marquette 67-56 on Saturday night in a game that was postponed for hours due to the Bruins’ flight problems.
UCLA (8-1) showed no obvious signs of rust in their first game since their 73-61 win over Colorado on December 1st. UCLA was scheduled to play in Washington on December 5th, but the Huskies had to give up on COVID-19 issues within their program.
Johnny Juzang and Tyger Campbell each had 12 points for UCLA, which took control early. Campbell also had eight assists and five rebounds.
Marquette’s Greg Elliott hit a career high of 22 points on the bench. Justin Lewis had 12 points and nine rebounds but missed all seven of his 3-point attempts. Darryl Morsell added 11 points for Marquette (8-3).
Marquette spent most of the first half misfiring out of 3-point range, which was particularly problematic as nine of Marquette’s first 11 field goal attempts were out of 3.
Towards the end of the first half, Marquette was 3 of 26 shoots down 33-10, but finished with an 11-2 run that included a trio of Gregg Elliott 3-pointers to close behind 35-21 in the locker room walk.
Marquette cut the lead on another Elliott 3-pointer to 47-36 at 18:58, but the Golden Eagles wouldn’t push the deficit into single digits until the last minute of the game.
Originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m., the game was postponed to seven hours later as the UCLA flight had to be rerouted to Denver on Friday due to a broken windshield. The Bruins flew out of Denver early Saturday morning
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UCLA: The Bruins were in control the whole time, beating Marquette 48-37 and having a 19-7 lead on second chance points.
Marquette: The Golden Eagles have faced four top 25 teams this season and lost three of them. The only win was a one-point win over the then No. 10 Illinois on November 15th. … Elliott shot 6 out of 9 out of 3-point range, but his teammates were 2 out of 24. Elliott scored 14 points in a five-minute period mid-game. Prior to Saturday, Elliott had accumulated 23 points all season.
On Saturday, UCLA met Marquette for the first time since December 18, 1964 in Milwaukee during Al McGuire’s debut season as Marquette’s coach. UCLA leads the all-time series 4-0. Marquette lost 69-60 at UCLA exactly a year ago.
# 1 Purdue lost this week. If No. 2 Baylor falls to No. 6 Villanova on Sunday, UCLA should at least get into the top 3.
UCLA will host the state of Alabama on Wednesday. Marquette will play Xavier in his Big East opener on Saturday.
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