Career nights from Jaylen Clark, David Singleton power No. 13 UCLA to 76-50 win over Washington
Jaylen Clark and David Singleton looked like potential future stars Saturday night as No. 13 UCLA rolled past Washington, 76-50.
With no Cody Riley or Johnny Juzang in the lineup and the rest of the Bruins ice-cold, Clark started his second consecutive game and put up a career-high 25 points. Singleton came off the bench to add a career-best 22. And give some love to Myles Johnson, starting in place of Riley, who was an absurd plus-40 in his 27 minutes on the court.
Johnson and Clark formed a dynamite defensive duo against the Huskies. UW’s Terrell Brown Jr., one of the Pac-12’s most explosive scorers, was held to just 13 points on 5-of-17 shooting with four turnovers and three assists. The outing marked just the fourth time this season Brown had been held under 15 points in a game. Clark was a key reason why.
He drew the assignment all night long. He coveted it. Clark not only put in a career-night scoring—shooting 12-for-16 in the process—but also relished in guarding the opposing team’s best player. UCLA was able to force 14 UW turnovers that led to 24 points.
The Bruins were slow to gel out of the gates with new pieces in the lineup. UCLA missed its first eight shots before Jules Bernard got a jumper in the lane to fall with 14:46 remaining in the first half and ignited an 11-2 run. The Bruins then closed the first half on an 11-4 run to take a 12-point lead into the locker room and they never looked back.
Over the first 8:19 of the second half, UCLA ripped off a 26-3 run to bury the Huskies and go out in front by as many as 35 points. Clark scored nine during the spurt, Singleton knocked down two of his six 3-pointers.
A triple from UW’s PJ Fuller with 11:22 to play broke the run, but UCLA punched back at a 7-0 Washington spurt with its own 7-0 run to go back up 37. The rest (and even that stretch of play) was academic.
Washington—held to 35% shooting and just 3-of-17 from 3—got 12 points and 11 boards from Jamal Bey and 10 points from Fuller.
Johnson finished with seven points, 13 rebounds, and three blocked shots. Clark and Singleton were the only Bruins to reach double-figures, as the UCLA offense was most them scorching the nets. The two combined to shoot 19-for-26 from the field while the rest of the UCLA side shot 11-for-37.
The Bruins (19-5, 11-4 Pac-12) face Arizona State next, with tip-off set for Monday at 6 p.m. PT. The Huskies (13-12, 8-7 Pac-12) will look to snap a three-game losing streak against Washington State on Wednesday at 8 p.m. PT.