LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freshman Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored a career-high 18 points in his second start as UCLA returned home from a disappointing trip to Maui to earn a 93-64 victory Sunday night over San Jose State.
Jalen Hill also scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Chris Smith added 14 points as the Bruins shot 52% from the field, including 63% percent in the first half as they began to distance themselves from a 1-2 showing at the Maui Invitational last week.
Zach Chapelle scored 12 points for San Jose State (3-5), which lost its third consecutive game. The Spartans shot just 35% from the field and committed 20 turnovers.
UCLA opened an 18-7 lead just five minutes into the game and was never threatened. The Bruins scored 18 of the final 25 first-half points to take a 46-29 lead into the break.
The easy victory gave the Bruins the chance to use 14 players, with 12 of them scoring at least one point. Prince Ali finished 10 points.
UCLA had a 42-33 rebounding advantage.
Omari Moore and Seneca Knight each had 11 points and Richard Washington scored 10 for San Jose State, which shot just 31% in the second half and went 2 of 9 from 3-point range over the final 20 minutes.
It was UCLA’s largest margin of victory this season, ahead of their 25-point victory over Chaminade on Tuesday.
San Jose State: The Spartans are now 0-3 against teams from the Pac-12 Conference having also lost to Arizona (87-39 on Nov. 14) and Oregon State (83-48 on Nov 27). All three were on the road. San Jose State has one more game remaining against a Pac-12 team when the Spartans play host to Stanford on Dec. 14.
UCLA: The victory was the first for the Bruins over a Division I team in a span of five games since Nov. 18 when they defeated Southern Utah. Since then, UCLA lost to Hofstra at home, fell to BYU and Michigan State at the Maui Invitational and defeated Division II Chaminade on the Hawaiian Islands.
San Jose State: The Spartans will return home for a matchup with No. 15 Utah State on Wednesday.
UCLA: The Bruins are off for a week until they take on Denver of the Summit League at home Dec. 8.
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