LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA passed the ball around and got defensive stops, two key reasons the Bruins shot 60 percent in their second straight blowout victory.
Lazeric Jones had 17 points and nine assists to help UCLA beat Colorado 77-60 Saturday, dropping the Buffaloes out of a first-place tie in the Pac-12.
Travis Wear added 14 points, and Tyler Lamb had 13 points and David Wear 11 for the Bruins (12-9, 5-4), who improved to 4-0 in league play at their temporary home in the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Jerime Anderson had eight of UCLA's 26 assists, its highest total in nearly four years.
"Whenever we're getting stops on defense, it's definitely a momentum booster," Lamb said. "It gets everybody up more. It seems like everything starts snowballing. We were in the huddle communicating on timeouts. Our senior point guards stepped up a lot. They noticed what plays were able to work and we executed them."
Askia Booker scored 13 points and Andre Roberson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Buffs (14-7, 6-3), whose three-game winning streak ended as they fell out of a four-way tie for first in their inaugural season in the Pac-12. Roberson's 13th double-double of the season leads the league.
"We had three words on the board before we came out: focus, toughness and execution," Buffs coach Tad Boyle said. "I thought the guys were focused, but we got out-toughed and out-executed.
"If we didn't match UCLA's physical play, then we let the game be played the way it was played. We've got to handle the blows and we've got to get through screens and they set a lot of screens."
The Buffs have lost three of four Pac-12 games away from their high-altitude home in Boulder.
The Bruins were coming off a 76-49 win over Utah on Thursday and have now won two in a row and five of their last seven. UCLA shot 69 percent from 3-point range and had 10 steals.
"Our intensity picked up in the second half," David Wear said. "There's been times this year where our defensive intensity has dipped off in the second half. Not allowing any second shots, that was huge."
UCLA pulled away to start the second half, when the Bruins shot 61 percent and the Buffs dropped to 35 percent. The Bruins used a 21-10 run to take a 61-46 lead. The Buffs got no closer than three points early in the half.
"They shot the ball really well and they also executed better," said Colorado's Carlon Brown, who was held to six points — well under his average of 13.4 — with Lamb guarding him. "We have to play better in the second half. We did the same thing against Cal (in a road loss two weeks ago), where we really didn't come out strong in the second half."
Colorado freshman Spencer Dinwiddie, from nearby Woodland Hills, had nine points and four rebounds playing in front of family and friends. He was recruited by the Bruins.
"I feel really bad we didn't get Dinwiddie. That was a mistake on my part," Howland said. "Just watching him, I'm kicking myself. You make mistakes sometimes in recruiting and that was a mistake."
Colorado took a 15-9 lead to open the game, including three 3-pointers.
The Bruins responded with a 17-1 run that featured balanced scoring and three 3-pointers in producing a 26-16 lead.
The Buffs rebounded with a 20-14 spurt to retake the lead by two before Lamb and Powell hit consecutive 3-pointers in the final 50 seconds that sent UCLA into halftime leading 40-36.
The attendance of 9,253 was the Bruins' largest at the Sports Arena, where they're playing while Pauley Pavilion undergoes a major renovation.
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