Johnny Juzang debuts as UCLA routs San Diego for fourth win in a row

  • UCLA forward Cody Riley, right, grabs a rebound alongside teammates Chris Smith and San Diego forward Yauhen Massalski in the first half of Wednesday night’s game at Pauley Pavilion. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    San Diego guard Marion Humphrey, right, goes for a shot against UCLA guard Johnny Juzang during the first half of Wednesday night’s game at Pauley Pavilion. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    San Diego guard Marion Humphrey, right, shoots next to UCLA guard Johnny Juzang during the first half of Wednesday night’s game at Pauley Pavilion. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA forward Jalen Hill, center, grabs a rebound during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against San Diego on Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA forward Cody Riley, right, and San Diego guard Finn Sullivan, left, chase a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA basketball game on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    San Diego guard Marion Humphrey, right, brings the ball forward as UCLA guard David Singleton defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA guard Tyger Campbell, 10, defends against San Diego guard Joey Calcaterra (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    San Diego attacker Josh Parrish (4) goes on for a shot between UCLA guards Jaime Jaquez Jr. (4) and Johnny Juzang (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA coach Mick Cronin adjusts his mask on the sidelines during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against San Diego on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA guard David Singleton, left, defends against San Diego guard Chris Herren Jr. during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA security guard Johnny Juzang takes to the court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA guard Tyger Campbell, 10, shoots past San Diego forward Yauhen Massalski, 25, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    San Diego guard Chris Herren Jr., left, will be defended by UCLA guard David Singleton, 34, and forward Jalen Hill, 24, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA forward Jalen Hill, right, shoots over San Diego forward Yavuz Gultekin during the second half of an NCAA basketball game on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    San Diego forward Yavuz Gultekin (11) goes for a shot against UCLA striker Jalen Hill (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA guard Tyger Campbell shoots during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against San Diego on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    San Diego will play UCLA during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in an empty arena on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA security guard Jaylen Clark dunks during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against San Diego on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    San Diego coach Sam Scholl shouts from the sidelines during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against UCLA on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA guard Tyger Campbell, 10, shoots during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against San Diego on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA guard Tyger Campbell, left, takes the ball across the court during the second half of an NCAA basketball game on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA Guard Johnny Juzang Gets Fouled By San Diego Guard Chris Herren Jr. during the second half of Wednesday night’s game at Pauley Pavilion. The Kentucky transfer scored 10 points in 19 minutes in its debut with the Bruins, a victory of 83-56. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA guard Johnny Juzang shoots during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against San Diego on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    UCLA guard Tyger Campbell, right, takes the ball past San Diego guard Marion Humphrey (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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    San Diego guard Joey Calcaterra passes UCLA guard Jake Kyman before taking a shot during the first half of Wednesday night’s game at Pauley Pavilion. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

The recipe is the same for UCLA’s last two games.

There’s a feel-out process that takes about 10 minutes for the Bruins to make their move, creating a double-digit divorce, and then leading the way to a crooked win.

It was more of the same Wednesday night, but there was an added ingredient as Kentucky transfer Johnny Juzang made his UCLA debut in the Bruins ’83 -56 win over San Diego at Pauley Pavilion.

Juzang’s impact was seamless. He scored 10 points with one 3-pointer and got three rebounds in 19 minutes. The former Harvard-Westlake star from Tarzana missed the team’s first four games with foot problems.

“It’s been a long time, a lot of training, a lot of pick-up games, nothing real,” Juzang said after playing his first college game in nine months. “To get out and when the (first) shot went in it was like ‘Ahh.’ It felt great, man. I’ve been waiting for a while to play a match in this jersey. I felt great there tonight, my fitness, my body in general, my foot too – everything felt really good. ”

UCLA (4-1) allowed five players to score in double digits. Jaime Jaquez Jr. led the way with 17 points, four rebounds and four blocked shots. Tyger Campbell had 12 points, five rebounds, five assists, and no turnovers, Chris Smith added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Cody Riley had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

UCLA coach Mick Cronin attributed Juzang’s presence to more than what appeared in the box score.

“Johnny is such a weapon to score, he gives guys like Jaime and Chris Smith the space to drive to the basket,” said Cronin. “You always have to guard him.”

The Bruins have won their last three games with 26 (against Seattle), 20 (Cal), and 27, respectively. Each game was essentially tucked away by a gut-punch run in the first half. Wednesday was a 13-0 run that lasted about four minutes. San Diego (0-1), which played its season opener due to a 14-day quarantine after a positive COVID-19 test in the program, tied the score 15-15 at 9:36. Then it was 28-15 in what seemed like an instant.

Hill and Smith combined five consecutive trips to the free-throw line before Jake Kyman’s back-to-back jump shots gave UCLA the 13-point advantage. Defensively, the Bruins were disruptive, causing the Toreros to miss nine straight shots. San Diego shot 26% of the floor in half, and Bruins led 33-23 at halftime.

“Our mindset is to keep our foot on the gas, the whole game, every night,” said Jaquez Jr. “With that being said, we’re getting results like tonight.”

The Bruins scored 10 players on Wednesday evening and nine logged 17 minutes or more. That depth is a weapon that Cronin believes will make UCLA very good.

“Our bank is a big part of it. We have several guys who can start, ”said Cronin. “Trying to wear out plows with new bodies will be a big factor for us in the future. Whoever we put in the game, we need to be able to count on them being solid on the defensive side and making good decisions on the offensive side. It allows us to play at a pace that wears out the teams. ”

A Juzang jump shot at 10:28 in the second half made it 52-36, ahead of 14 points. The game never got closer for the rest of the night, as the Bruins scored 50 points after the break.

The only bright spot for USD was Joey Calaterra’s 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Frankie Hughes pitched in 10 points and Yauhen Massalski leveled his career-high with 14 rebounds for the Toreros, who have nine newcomers and only two returning starters. Their selection includes five transfers.

“You just can’t give up 16 offensive rebounds and expect to win,” said USD coach Sam Scholl.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR UCLA?

The Bruins will take on Marquette (4-1) at Pauley Pavilion on Friday at 6:30 pm at 6:30 pm in what will be the team’s biggest test since the season opener against San Diego State.

Marquette’s lone defeat this season was against Oklahoma State (70-62) and the Golden Eagles took an impressive 67-65 victory over the then number. 4 Wisconsin on December 4.

UCLA will make up for the delayed game against Long Beach State on Tuesday (December 15) at 6 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion, before the out-of-state trip to Cleveland to record Kentucky (1-3) on CBS on December 19 . Sport Classic.


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