LOS ANGELES -- UCLA shot 59.6 percent from the field, and 69.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc, to defeat Colorado 77-60 at the L.A. Sports Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Buffs (14-7, 6-3 Pac-12) led by two late in the first half before UCLA's Tyler Lamb and Norman Powell hit back-to-back three-pointers to give the Bruins (12-9, 5-4) a 40-36 halftime lead. CU tightened the game to 44-41 early in the second half, but UCLA then went on a 17-5 run over the next seven minutes to take control of the game and led 61-46 with 11:04 to play in the game.
"We talked in the pregame about physicality being a key to the game, and whether we could match UCLA's physical play," CU head coach Tad Boyle said on what allowed UCLA to pull away in the second half. "When they let the game play the way it was played today, we have to be tougher. We have to be physically stronger, we have to handle blows, and we have to get through screens better than we did today."
CU led 12-4 early in the first half, but UCLA answered with a 22-4 run to take a 26-16 lead in a back-and-forth first half.
Askia Booker led CU in scoring with 13 points. Andre Roberson was the only other Buff in double-figures, scoring 12 points in addition to 10 rebounds as he recorded his 13th double-double of the season. CU shot 23-of-50 (46 percent) for the game.
UCLA made 31-of-52 field goals (59.6 percent), including 9-of-13 three pointers (69.2 percent). Lazeric Jones led the Bruins with 17 points. Travis Wear (14), Lamb (13), and David Wear (11) also scored in double digits.
The Buffs return to action on Thursday night as they host Oregon State at Coors Events Center. The game will tip at 7:00 p.m.
- CU falls to 1-5 all-time against UCLA and 0-5 in Los Angeles.
- The Buffs are now 3-6 this season when scoring fewer than 69 points.
- Roberson scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds, giving him his 13th double-double of the season (Buffs are 9-4) and the 18th of his career.
- Roberson recorded a career-high four steals.
- Booker led CU with13 points as the Buffs lost for the first time this season when he goes for double-digit points (8-1).
- Dufault moves alone into fifth place all-time for career games played at CU with 121.