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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Utes remain winless on the road in conference play.
Utah (12-9, 3-6) dropped a Sunday afternoon game in Los Angeles to UCLA (12-10, 5-4), 73-57, in back-to-back losses on the week for the young Utah team.
Utah never led in the game.
The Utes overcame a poor-shooting and turnover-ridden first half to pull within 4 points of the Bruins behind Riley Battin making three 3-pointers out of the halftime break. But that was the closest Utah could get as the Bruins turned up the intensity and reeled off points to build up a 19-point lead.
The Bruins were led in scoring by Tyger Campbell’s 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including two of the team’s six free throws, and eight assists and three rebounds. Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 18 points on 4-of-7 shooting and a perfect 8 of 8 from the free throw line.
Battin led Utah with 14 points, 10 of which came in the second half, and five rebounds in the loss. Timmy Allen, the team’s season leading scorer, only added 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting. He added eight assists and seven rebounds.
UCLA outscored Utah 32-21 in the first half, but both teams struggled to score in the final eight minutes of the game. The Bruins went on a nearly seven-minute scoring drought from the field in the final minutes of the half before reeling off a 6-0 run to build on its lead.
No player scored more than 6 points in the first half and both teams combined for 14 turnovers.
Utah returns to action Thursday at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City against the visiting Stanford Cardinal. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. MST.