LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Washington scored 19 points, Jacob Evans III had 16 and No. 25 Cincinnati beat UCLA 77-63 on Saturday.
Cincinnati (9-2) grabbed control with an 18-0 run in the first half. It was one sweet win for the Bearcats, who lost to Lonzo Ball and UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
Aaron Holiday scored 17 points for UCLA (7-3), and Kris Wilkes finished with 12.
The Bruins grabbed a 21-18 lead on Prince Ali’s 3-pointer with 6:59 left in the first half, but they didn’t score again until Alex Olesinski made two free throws with 17.7 seconds to go. Cincinnati turned 15 UCLA turnovers into 19 points on its way to a 36-23 lead at the break.
Cincinnati kept up the pressure in the second half, and Gary Clark’s dunk ran its lead out to 17 at 45-28. Clark finished with 10 points.
UCLA is expected to hear soon about suspended players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who were punished for shoplifting in China. Ball left school and turned professional. Riley and Hill missed their 10th straight game on Saturday.
Cincinnati: The Bearcats made quick work of UCLA, beating the Bruins at their transition game by forcing mistakes.
UCLA: The Bruins’ lack of depth and short bench really showed in the second half.
Cincinnati: Hosts Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Tuesday.
UCLA: Hosts South Dakota on Tuesday.