MILWAUKEE (AP) – UCLA’s biggest scare of the Weekend # 4 came the day before its game against Marquette, when his private chartered flight to Milwaukee was diverted to Denver due to a windshield rift.
“We had to land as quickly as possible,” said UCLA coach Mick Cronin. âWe were able to do it. We are all lucky. We all know how lucky we are.
The Bruins took off from Denver early Saturday morning and landed in Milwaukee around 10 a.m., feeling grateful.
âWe didn’t realize the gravity until after,â said Jaime Jaquez Jr. âWe didn’t know how bad it really was. Fortunately, by the grace of God, we are all safe.
Originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, the game was postponed by seven hours. UCLA showed up, especially Jaquez, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds, in a 67-56 victory over Marquette.
Johnny Juzang and Tyger Campbell had 12 points each for UCLA, and Campbell also had eight assists and five rebounds.
âIt says a lot about their guys and their level of character, to come in and play with the kind of energy and fight they had in less than ideal circumstances,â said Marquette coach Shaka Smart. .
UCLA (8-1) showed no noticeable signs of rust in their first game since their 73-61 win over Colorado December 1. The Bruins were scheduled to play in Washington on Dec. 5, but the Huskies were forced to forfeit. due to COVID-19 issues within their program.
Greg Elliott of Marquette scored a career-high 22 points off the bench. Justin Lewis had 12 points and nine rebounds but missed his seven attempts by 3 points, and Darryl Morsell added 11 points.
The Golden Eagles (8-3) spent most of the first half missing 3-pointers, which was particularly troublesome as nine of Marquette’s first 11 field goal attempts were behind the arc.
At the end of the first half, Marquette was trailing 33-10 on 3 of 26 shots, but closed in an 11-2 run that included a 3-point trio from Elliott to enter the locker room. behind 35-21.
Marquette closed the lead to 47-36 on another 3-point Elliott with 18:58 remaining, but the Golden Eagles didn’t reduce the deficit to single digits until the last minute of the game.
At this point, it was obvious that UCLA’s unusual trip was going to end in typical fashion with another Bruins victory.
âI don’t even think it’s like hitting us, which really happened,â Jaquez said. âIt’s in the past now. This is just one of those stories that you can tell later in life.
UCLA: The Bruins were in control throughout, passing Marquette 48-37 and having a 19-7 lead in second chance points.
Marquette: The Golden Eagles have faced four Top 25 teams this season and have lost three. The only victory was a one-point victory over No. 10 Illinois on November 15. â¦ Elliott shot 6 of 9 for 3 points, but his teammates were a combined 2 of 24. Elliott scored 14 points in the space of five minutes halfway through the game. Before Saturday, Elliott had scored 23 points all season.
Saturday marked the first time UCLA faced Marquette in Milwaukee since December 18, 1964, in Al McGuire’s first season as Marquette coach. UCLA leads the all-time series 4-0. Marquette lost 69-60 at UCLA exactly one year ago.
No.1 Purdue lost this week. If No.2 Baylor drops to No.6 Villanova on Sunday, UCLA should at least be in the top three.
UCLA: Welcomes the State of Alabama Wednesday.
Marquette: Chez Xavier on Saturday when it opened in the Grand Est.
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