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If such production UCLA going to get from Jaime Jacques Jr., the Bruins will be very dangerous in March this year.
Hockey scored 30 career-high points, and UCLA number 17 rallied after a sluggish first half and won Washington 77-66 Monday night.
In the second half, Hakes was almost impossible to stop in the interior, scoring 17 points after the break and scoring 11 of 17 shots in the game. Jacques ’previous career record was 27, twice, including earlier in February against Arizona.
“I scored 30 points. It’s pretty cool. But I mean, we have a long way to go,” said Jacques. “I’m just trying to help the team win, and it’s cool to reach 30, but it’s not something crazy.”
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This season, Hokes has slowed down due to injuries to both ankles, but seems to be regaining strength and finding the shape he had earlier this year. Hockey scored in double-digit numbers and played at least 26 minutes in each of the last four games.
“In the second half we were able to kill Jaime, and that changed our game,” said UCLA coach Mick Cronin. “He’s coming back healthy, and I’m trying to get him back on the offensive pace, it takes us to another level.”
Jules Bernard added 12 points, and the Bruins (22-6, 14-5 Pac-12) won for the fifth time in six games before the regular season finale against rival USC on Saturday.
UCLA top scorer Johnny Juzang missed the second game in a row due to an ankle injury. Yuzang was injured in a loss last Thursday in Oregon when he was limited to just 11 minutes and finished with a low of seven points this season.
UCLA leads with 22 points, and the win ensured that the Bruins would be no worse than No. 3 in next week’s Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas.
“I totally expected we had to win a very tight game,” Cronin said. “So the fact that we were able to climb 20 and start submarines was a testament to our defense.”
Pac-12 leader Terrell Brown Jr. led Washington (14-14, 9-9) with 20 points and was limited to shooting 9 to 20. Jamal Bay added 14 points and Langston Wilson scored 11, including a pair of the last three. which reduced the ultimate advantage.
The match, originally scheduled for early December, was postponed due to cases of COVID-19 under the Husky program.
“I felt like in the second half we just couldn’t stop them and then we had a few shots that we had to shoot down to keep him closer, to draw in the crowd,” said Washington coach Mike Hopkins.
Washington led 29-25 at the break, despite receiving just six points from Brown, who was without points for the first 17 minutes. It was the seventh time this season that UCLA has conceded a break, while the Bruins have been 1-5 in the previous six games.
But UCLA started the second half with a flurry led by Jacques. The Bruins scored the first nine points and started the half with a 20-4 run and led 45-33 on the Tiger Campbell bench. Campbell missed his first eight shots before hitting, with just over 12 minutes left.
UCLA scored almost 60% in the second half.
“They were trying to put the ball in the paint, to put them in a situation,” Hopkins said. “They were really physical, did a good job, and it seemed like they were getting put off, one and one, or going to the foul line, and we couldn’t stop it.”
The big picture
UCLA: The Bruins finished the regular season 7-4 in away games. … Hockey became the 59th player in the history of the school to score at least 1,000 points in his career. … The only previous UCLA win this season, when it lagged behind at the break, took place in Utah in January.
Washington: Mr. Dajon Davis seemed to have injured his right shoulder at the end of the first half when scoring in the basket. Davis was injured in early February at Stanford and missed five games. He returned last Saturday in a win over Washington State.
UCLA: On Saturday hosts an opponent in a rough city № 16 USC.
Washington: Oregon hosts Thursday.