UCLA
16-15
81
TF 11
FINAL
End
2nd
PACN
Sat Mar. 9
7:00pm
BONUS
92
TF 11
UTAH
17-13
ML: +211
UTAH -5.5, O/U 157.5
ML: -256
UCLA
UTAH

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Utah beats UCLA 92-81, clinches Pac-12 no. 3 seed

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah's evolution into one of the most dangerous teams from the perimeter in the Pac-12 paid huge dividends in the team's regular-season finale.

The Utes overwhelmed UCLA by knocking down one 3-pointer after another on their way to beating the Bruins 92-81 on Saturday. Utah shot 45 percent from the perimeter overall and made 17 3-pointers to clinch a third-place Pac-12 finish.

UCLA alternated between a 2-3 zone and a 3-2 zone in the first half and switched to man-to-man defense in the second half. The Bruins couldn't do enough to slow the Utes down and trailed by as many as 27 points before halftime.

Utah broke the zone by being patient in working for the right shots.

''The worst thing we could have done is just move the ball around the perimeter,'' guard Sedrick Barefield said. ''We did a good job of getting the ball in the middle and just working from there.''

Barefield scored 29 points to lead the Utes. Timmy Allen added 17 points and Donnie Tillman chipped in 14 for the Utes. Parker Van Dyke scored 12 points and dished out five assists.

Utah (17-13, 11-7 Pac-12) won for the third time in four games.

Kris Wilkes scored 20 points to lead UCLA. David Singleton and Jules Bernard each scored 13 and Jalen Hill added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

UCLA (16-15, 9-9) dropped both games on its final regular-season road trip, assuring its worst regular-season finish since 2015-16.

''I wish we had more than nine conference wins, but I'm proud of the nine we've got,'' interim coach Murray Bartow said. ''They battled. We just got way too far down on the road. When you're 20 down, it's hard to come back.''

The Utes sank 11 of 20 from outside in the first half alone. On the other end, the Bruins missed all seven attempts from 3-point range before halftime.

Barefield made three 3-pointers and Van Dyke added another to help the Utes carve out a 19-6 lead only five minutes into the game.

UCLA cut the deficit to single digits three times, the final time when Bernard's layup trimmed Utah's lead to 28-20. That's as close as the Bruins would get in the first half.

Utah ripped off a 23-4 run to take a 51-24 lead with 2:54 left before halftime. Tillman capped the decisive spurt with back-to-back 3-pointers. The Utes scored six straight baskets to finish off the run, with Tillman accounting for four of the six.

''We played the game the right way,'' Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. ''It was incredible - the assist-to-turnover ratio at halftime. Guys shared the ball. We got out in transition. I thought our defense fueled us.''

The Bruins outscored Utah 22-6 over a six-minute stretch spanning both halves and cut the deficit to 57-46 on a 3-pointer from Wilkes. Riley Battin hit a pair of corner 3s and Barefield also scored a pair of baskets to finally halt the run and boost Utah's lead to 69-49.

UCLA strung together one more rally. The Bruins hit three straight baskets, the last a 3-pointer from Singleton, to cut the deficit to 75-67. UCLA would not get any closer and the Utes put it away when Barefield and Van Dyke hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Utah a 91-76 lead with 58.1 seconds left.

''At halftime, we talked about how we had been in that position, but on the other side, the last time we played them,'' Van Dyke said. ''We just were determined to not let them do what we did to them.''

MISSING MOSES

Freshman center Moses Brown did not play for UCLA after committing an unspecified violation of the school's student-athlete code of conduct. Brown entered the game as the Bruins' leading rebounder and shot blocker. He is averaging 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks to go with 10.2 points per game. His status for the Pac-12 Tournament is undetermined.

PASSING FANCY

Utah climbed to a huge lead before halftime, in part, because the team did an excellent job sharing the ball and playing mistake free. The Utes had 13 assists on 17 baskets and committed just two turnovers. It marked the second straight game where the Utes started strong in the first half and they improved 14-0 when leading at halftime this season.

THE BIG PICTURE

UCLA: An inability to run Utah off the 3-point line in the first half assured the Bruins trailed for the final 39 minutes of the contest and ended the regular season with back-to-back losses.

Utah: The Utes swept the season series with UCLA and clinched the third seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. It gives Utah a valuable bye into the quarterfinal round on Thursday.

UP NEXT

UCLA: The Bruins will play in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament on Wednesday.

Utah: The Utes will play in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday.

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Key Players
J. Hands
S. Barefield
32.2 Min. Per Game 32.2
16.8 Pts. Per Game 16.8
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
2.1 Reb. Per Game 2.1
41.0 Field Goal % 41.6
36.0 Three Point % 39.8
77.5 Free Throw % 82.5
  Defensive rebound by Beau Rydalch 25.0
  David Singleton missed 3-pt. jump shot 27.0
  Bad pass turnover on Timmy Allen, stolen by Jaylen Hands 36.0
+ 1 Jaylen Hands made free throw 36.0
  Shooting foul on Beau Rydalch 36.0
+ 2 Jaylen Hands made layup 36.0
  Offensive rebound by Jaylen Hands 37.0
  David Singleton missed 3-pt. jump shot 39.0
  Defensive rebound by Jules Bernard 45.0
  Beau Rydalch missed 2nd of 2 free throws 45.0
+ 1 Beau Rydalch made 1st of 2 free throws 45.0
Team Stats
Points 81 92
Field Goals 28-59 (47.5%) 31-68 (45.6%)
3-Pointers 6-20 (30.0%) 17-38 (44.7%)
Free Throws 19-28 (67.9%) 13-19 (68.4%)
Total Rebounds 40 37
Offensive 9 9
Defensive 30 26
Team 1 2
Assists 10 16
Steals 4 5
Blocks 8 0
Turnovers 9 5
Fouls 19 21
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 5 REB
29 PTS, 3 REB
12T
away team logo UCLA 16-15 315081
home team logo Utah 17-13 514192
Team Stats
away team logo UCLA 16-15 78.2 PPG 44.2 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Utah 17-13 75.6 PPG 38.9 RPG 14.2 APG
Key Players
13
K. Wilkes G 17.4 PPG 4.8 RPG 1.7 APG 43.3 FG%
2
S. Barefield G 16.8 PPG 2.1 RPG 3.8 APG 40.8 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Wilkes G 20 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
S. Barefield G 29 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
47.5 FG% 45.6
30.0 3PT FG% 44.7
67.9 FT% 68.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wilkes 20 5 0 5/13 1/4 9/12 2 38 0 1 0 0 5
J. Bernard 13 5 2 5/8 1/2 2/2 3 32 0 0 2 1 4
J. Hill 12 13 0 5/8 0/0 2/4 2 31 0 2 1 4 9
J. Hands 7 4 4 2/8 0/4 3/5 3 26 1 0 4 1 3
C. Smith 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wilkes 20 5 0 5/13 1/4 9/12 2 38 0 1 0 0 5
J. Bernard 13 5 2 5/8 1/2 2/2 3 32 0 0 2 1 4
J. Hill 12 13 0 5/8 0/0 2/4 2 31 0 2 1 4 9
J. Hands 7 4 4 2/8 0/4 3/5 3 26 1 0 4 1 3
C. Smith 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Singleton 13 2 1 5/11 3/7 0/0 2 24 1 1 2 1 1
A. Olesinski 12 7 1 4/6 1/3 3/3 2 28 2 4 0 0 7
C. Riley 4 3 1 2/3 0/0 0/2 3 14 0 0 0 2 1
K. Nwuba 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
P. Ali - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Campbell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. O'Neal - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Stong - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 39 10 28/59 6/20 19/28 19 200 4 8 9 9 30
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Barefield 29 3 0 11/22 5/12 2/3 2 38 1 0 0 0 3
T. Allen 17 4 3 5/8 0/0 7/10 4 33 0 0 2 2 2
D. Tillman 14 5 3 5/9 4/7 0/0 4 30 1 0 0 0 5
P. Van Dyke 12 4 5 4/12 4/12 0/0 3 33 3 0 1 0 4
N. Topalovic 0 5 1 0/4 0/0 0/0 2 20 0 0 0 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Barefield 29 3 0 11/22 5/12 2/3 2 38 1 0 0 0 3
T. Allen 17 4 3 5/8 0/0 7/10 4 33 0 0 2 2 2
D. Tillman 14 5 3 5/9 4/7 0/0 4 30 1 0 0 0 5
P. Van Dyke 12 4 5 4/12 4/12 0/0 3 33 3 0 1 0 4
N. Topalovic 0 5 1 0/4 0/0 0/0 2 20 0 0 0 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Battin 8 3 2 3/5 2/2 0/0 1 17 0 0 1 1 2
B. Morley 8 9 0 2/6 1/4 3/4 2 17 0 0 0 5 4
B. Gach 3 0 2 1/2 1/1 0/0 2 9 0 0 0 0 0
B. Rydalch 1 2 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 1 0 0 1 0 2
C. Jones Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Reininger - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. King - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Gaskin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Thioune - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Kremer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 92 35 16 31/68 17/38 13/19 21 200 5 0 5 9 26