LOS ANGELES (ABC4 Sports) - The Utes are finding life in the Pac-12 is very tough.
One week after getting swept at home by Arizona and Arizona State, the Utes dropped the first game of a Southern California road trip, losing at UCLA, 83-64.
Aaron Holiday scored 20 points, while Kris Wilkes added 19 points for the Bruins, who shot 52 percent from 3-point range. Holiday was perfect from long range, making all four of his shots.
David Collette scored 15 points and Justin Bibbins added 12 points for the Utes (10-6, 2-3).
“Our zone was really lethargic to start the game and these guys can really shoot the ball," said Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak. "They had swishes. It was like a nightmare. They would make it and just press us. They’re great players, but all guys are great players when your hands are down. We just didn’t play tough defense. I don’t think they guarded us man-to-man until the 11-minute mark. They scored 21 points on turnovers. You can’t have 13 turnovers on the road.”
UCLA never trailed, leading by eight at halftime and pulling away to its largest lead of 21 points in the second half.
The Utes tried to get back into the game with four 3-pointers during a four-minute stretch, but the Bruins scored nearly every time down the court.
UCLA’s Prince Ali had 13 points and freshman Jaylen Hands scored all of his 12 points in the second half, making 4-of-4 free throws and grabbing five rebounds.
The Utes next play at USC Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
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