UCLA rolls previous UNC Asheville 86-53 in March Madness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 17 points and UCLA raced out to a speedy commence and never ever looked back in a 86-53 victory more than UNC Asheville in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday evening.

The second-seeded Bruins (30-five) scored the 1st 14 points of the game and rolled from there. Amari Bailey also scored 17 points and David Singleton had 11.

UCLA sophisticated to play seventh-seeded Northwestern in the second round of the West Area. The Wildcats beat Boise State 75-67 earlier in the day.

Drew Pember scored 13 points for the 15th-seeded Bulldogs (27-eight). UNC Asheville, which won the Massive South typical-season and tournament titles, has now lost all 5 instances the college has sophisticated to the round of 64.

The Bruins apparently took notice of what occurred earlier in the day at this web-site when fellow Pac-12 No. two seed Arizona was ousted by Princeton 59-55.

UCLA produced certain this game was never ever in doubt, producing its 1st 5 shots and taking a 14-0 lead on a three-pointer by Singleton just three:06 into the game.

Jaquez scored inside to give the Bruins their greatest lead of the 1st half at 34-11 and they coasted from there.

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UNC Asheville: The Bulldogs came into the game on a nine-game winning streak and with a college-record 27 wins but had been when once again overmatched against a significant opponent. 4 of their 5 losses in the 1st round of the tournament have come by at least 20 points, with their only close game becoming a 72-65 defeat to Syracuse in 2012.

UCLA: The injuries that hit the Bruins in the Pac-12 tournament did not hurt them in this game. Defensive stopper Jaylen Clark (Achilles tendon) is out for the season and freshman massive man Adem Bona sat out his second straight game with as shoulder injury. Bona could return for the second round.

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With a win on Saturday, the Bruins will advance to the Sweet 16 for a third straight season for the 1st time due to the fact 2006-08, when they went to the Final 4 every single year.


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