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Bey, Gatling lead surging Colorado to 93-68 pasting of UCLA

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) UCLA's zone defense was no match for Colorado's powerful inside game.

Tyler Bey scored a career-high tying 27 points, Shane Gatling had 26 and Colorado led throughout to beat UCLA 93-68 on Thursday night.

Both Bey and Gatling were dominating in the paint, scoring on an array of dunks, layups and short jumpers in the lane. Bey added 13 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season.

''In the second half, I thought we penetrated (UCLA's) zone,'' said Colorado coach Tad Boyle, who picked up his 184th career win with the Buffaloes, tying Ricardo Patton for second on the school's all-time list. ''We got to the free throw line. We attacked the basket and we got some plays at the rim. Tyler had 27 points and a lot of those were on dunks and plays at the rim and that's what you have to do. You have play inside-out against the zone. You can't just settle for 3s.''

Gatling also hit all 10 of his free throws for Colorado (18-11, 9-8 Pac-12), which has won eight of 12 since beginning conference play 1-4. It was the Buffaloes' fourth straight win against UCLA (16-14, 9-8).

''Early in the year, we struggled against a zone defense, but coach has been working with us in practice,'' Colorado guard McKinley Wright said. ''Now that we look at it, there's a lot of teams playing zone. We've been doing a very good job of carving them up, and that's credit to all my teammates being in the right spot and sharing the ball.''

Kris Wilkes scored 19 points to lead the Bruins, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped. Jaylen Hands added 18 points.

The Bruins, who entered as the highest scoring team in the conference, were outshot by the Buffaloes 49.3 percent to 35.9 percent and trailed from the outset.

''I don't know if they did any one thing,'' interim UCLA coach Murry Bartow said. ''We just at critical times did not get stops and at critical times offensively we just weren't able to make plays. That sounds pretty simplistic, but I thought we got the ball into the paint a lot, we were kind of begging and hoping for call when we didn't finish strong enough around the rim. Then at the other end, we just weren't able to stop them. Just couldn't get a stop.''

Up by 10 at the break, Colorado stretched its lead to 67-50 with 7:25 left to play, getting successive layups from D'Shawn Schwartz and dunks from Gatling and Bey to help offset a 3-pointer from Wilkes and a 3-point play by Moses Brown.

The Bruins managed to get back to within 12 points after Hands converted a 3-point play, but Gatling answered with a 3-pointer from the left wing and then got a steal on the other end to start a fast break that he finished with a feed under the basket to Bey for a dunk.

Colorado kept up the pressure down the stretch with Bey soaring above the fray for two more dunks.

The Buffaloes scored seven of the last nine points in the final 1:47 of the opening period to go in front 37-27 at halftime for their largest lead to that point. Wright, who finished with nine points, nine rebounds and five assists, punctuated the burst with a driving layup just ahead of the halftime buzzer.

BIG PICTURE

UCLA: The Bruins seemed a little flat-footed from the start and never found their rhythm offensively. They continued their struggles away from home, falling to 3-9 this season on the road.

Colorado: The Buffaloes are hitting their stride late in the season, and Bey and Gatling have emerged as players to be reckoned with. The Buffaloes have won seven of their last nine games with one game left in the regular season before going onto the Pac-12 Conference tournament next week.

UP NEXT

UCLA: Concludes regular season at Utah on Saturday night.

Colorado: Hosts Southern Cal on Saturday in the regular season finale.

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Key Players
J. Hands
M. Wright IV
31.5 Min. Per Game 31.5
13.0 Pts. Per Game 13.0
5.0 Ast. Per Game 5.0
4.7 Reb. Per Game 4.7
41.3 Field Goal % 50.6
36.9 Three Point % 32.0
78.4 Free Throw % 77.7
+ 3 Daylen Kountz made 3-pt. jump shot 20.0
  Defensive rebound by Daylen Kountz 45.0
  Jules Bernard missed 2nd of 2 free throws 45.0
  Jules Bernard missed 1st of 2 free throws 45.0
  Shooting foul on Aidan McQuade 45.0
  Defensive rebound by Kenneth Nwuba 53.0
  Daylen Kountz missed layup 55.0
+ 2 Jules Bernard made layup 1:03
  Offensive rebound by UCLA 1:07
  Russell Stong missed layup, blocked by Alexander Strating 1:09
  Bad pass turnover on Alexander Strating, stolen by Kenneth Nwuba 1:13
Team Stats
Points 68 93
Field Goals 23-64 (35.9%) 34-69 (49.3%)
3-Pointers 7-18 (38.9%) 7-21 (33.3%)
Free Throws 15-23 (65.2%) 18-20 (90.0%)
Total Rebounds 35 47
Offensive 5 8
Defensive 26 34
Team 4 5
Assists 6 18
Steals 6 4
Blocks 7 5
Turnovers 11 7
Fouls 20 19
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
27 PTS, 13 REB
12T
away team logo UCLA 16-14 274168
home team logo Colorado 18-11 375693
Team Stats
away team logo UCLA 16-14 78.2 PPG 44.2 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Colorado 18-11 73.6 PPG 41 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
13
K. Wilkes G 17.4 PPG 4.8 RPG 1.7 APG 43.3 FG%
1
T. Bey G 13.6 PPG 9.9 RPG 0.6 APG 54.1 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Wilkes G 19 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
T. Bey G 27 PTS 13 REB 0 AST
35.9 FG% 49.3
38.9 3PT FG% 33.3
65.2 FT% 90.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wilkes 19 5 1 6/16 1/5 6/9 0 27 0 0 1 1 4
J. Hands 18 3 1 5/12 2/5 6/6 2 31 0 0 3 0 3
C. Smith 4 2 2 2/6 0/1 0/0 3 19 0 0 2 1 1
D. Singleton 3 0 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 1 15 0 0 0 0 0
M. Brown 3 3 0 1/4 0/0 1/2 4 15 1 4 2 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wilkes 19 5 1 6/16 1/5 6/9 0 27 0 0 1 1 4
J. Hands 18 3 1 5/12 2/5 6/6 2 31 0 0 3 0 3
C. Smith 4 2 2 2/6 0/1 0/0 3 19 0 0 2 1 1
D. Singleton 3 0 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 1 15 0 0 0 0 0
M. Brown 3 3 0 1/4 0/0 1/2 4 15 1 4 2 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bernard 11 2 1 5/9 1/2 0/2 2 31 3 0 2 0 2
C. Riley 6 8 0 2/6 1/1 1/2 4 19 0 2 0 2 6
A. Olesinski 3 3 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 15 0 0 1 1 2
K. Nwuba 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 2 3 1 0 0 0 1
A. Dodson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
J. Hill 0 4 0 0/4 0/0 0/0 2 19 1 1 0 0 4
R. Stong 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
P. Ali - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Campbell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. O'Neal - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 31 6 23/64 7/18 15/23 20 200 6 7 11 5 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Bey 27 13 0 13/20 0/0 1/2 1 28 0 2 0 2 11
S. Gatling 26 0 3 7/13 2/8 10/10 0 28 3 0 0 0 0
D. Schwartz 15 6 2 6/13 2/7 1/2 3 34 0 0 0 1 5
M. Wright IV 9 9 5 3/8 1/2 2/2 2 32 0 1 2 1 8
E. Battey 4 6 4 0/4 0/0 4/4 4 22 0 1 1 3 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Bey 27 13 0 13/20 0/0 1/2 1 28 0 2 0 2 11
S. Gatling 26 0 3 7/13 2/8 10/10 0 28 3 0 0 0 0
D. Schwartz 15 6 2 6/13 2/7 1/2 3 34 0 0 0 1 5
M. Wright IV 9 9 5 3/8 1/2 2/2 2 32 0 1 2 1 8
E. Battey 4 6 4 0/4 0/0 4/4 4 22 0 1 1 3 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Siewert 5 3 3 2/4 1/2 0/0 3 25 1 0 1 0 3
D. Kountz 5 3 0 2/6 1/2 0/0 2 16 0 0 2 0 3
A. Strating 2 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 11 0 1 1 1 1
A. Martinka 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Ersek 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. McQuade 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
N. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Dombek - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Parquet - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 93 42 18 34/69 7/21 18/20 19 200 4 5 7 8 34