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Cal falls; Santa Clara wins the nail biter

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Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 15 points and No. 7 UCLA routed Cal 81-57 ​​on Thursday to extend their winning streak to five games and give the Bruins the sole possession of the Pac-12’s top spot. .

All eight Bruins players scored on a night they were missing leading scorer Johnny Juzang, who was sidelined by COVID-19 protocols. Cody Riley added 14 points, and Jules Bernard and Peyton Watson had 12 points each.

UCLA (15-2, 7-1 Pac-12) led by 18 points in the first half. The Bruins went 10-0, 8-0 and 6-0 before intermission as the Bears committed nine of 17 turnovers.

Cal (9-11, 2-7), which lost its sixth in a row, was led by Sam Alajiki with 11 points off the bench. Kuany Kuany and Jordan Shepherd each had nine points.

The Bears let UCLA shoot 53%.

“Our defense is out right now and we have to find it,” Cal coach Mark Fox said. “We have to be able to roll up our sleeves and do the dirty work on the defensive side first, which will help us on the attacking side.”

Santa Clara 77, BYU 76: Jalen Williams scored on a drive with 0.7 seconds left to cap a 26-point night as the host Broncos (13-7, 3-2 WCC) beat the Cougars (17-5, 5-2) for the first time since January 2017.

Santa Clara trailed by one when BYU’s Spencer Johnson missed the front of a 1-and-1 with 6.7 seconds left. The ball then ended up with Williams, who drove the full length of the pitch and hit a floater in the lane.

Josip Vrankic added 14 points, Parker Braun had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and PJ Pipes had 10 points for Santa Clara.

Alex Barcello scored 20 points to beat BYU.

Women

USF 70, Sainte-Marie 56: Jasmine Gayles scored 22 points and Kennedy Dickie added 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead the visiting Dons (10-10, 4-4 WCC) past the Gaels (9-8, 3-3).

Ali Bamberger scored 16 points and Madeline Holland had 12 points and 11 rebounds for St. Mary’s.

#16 BYU 76, Santa Clara 44: Tegan Graham scored 16 points and the host Cougars (17-1, 7-0 WCC) took a 31-9 lead and weren’t slowed in their win over the Broncos (9-7, 3-3) .

Lindsey VanAllen scored 10 points to lead Santa Clara.

Utah State 63, San Jose State 61: Luci Hawthorne’s basket after an offensive rebound in the final seconds allowed the visiting Aggies (7-12, 2-7 Mountain West) to pass the Spartans (3-16, 0-8).

Ella Ogier scored 17 points and Cyndi Lewis had 16 points and 10 rebounds for San Jose State.