No. 16 UCLA pulls out early from the game, losing No. 20 Maryland 87-60

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Jaylen Clark scored 19 points, and No. 16 UCLA raced to a 30-point lead during the first half, before cruise to an 87-60 win over No. 20 Maryland on Wednesday night

The University of California Board of Regents also met on the same day voted to affirm UCLA’s move from UCLA to the Big Ten gave the Bruins (9-2), an opportunity to evaluate a potential conference foe. It was not much of a match.

Maryland (8-3) made the first six turnovers in the game, falling behind 19-5. David Singleton’s 3-pointer made it 26-7. The Terps used three timeouts within the first fifteen minutes and it did not seem to help.

Maryland was 2 for 24, shooting from 3-point range, in a loss to Tennessee last week. Maryland missed its eight first shots from the field and nine out of 10 from beyond.

Singleton’s laying off another Maryland turnover resulted in a score of 47-17. Halftime was 49-20

The Terps started new coach Kevin Willard’s tenure with eight straight wins, and the last of those was an impressive home victory over Illinois. Since then they have lost three straight. The first two were away from home against Wisconsin and Tennessee — by a combined eight points.

However, this was noncompetitive right from the beginning.

Singleton scored 18 points to help UCLA win six consecutive games.

Ian Martinez scored 16 goals for the Terrapins. They trailed by as much as 38 in halftime.

BIG PICTURE

UCLA: This win was as complete as it gets. The Bruins weren’t bothered by the Maryland crowd or the cross-country trek. UCLA was able to finish with four turnovers, Maryland had 16.

Maryland: There was a great atmosphere at the Terps’ win over Illinois. Wednesday’s crowd included Governor-elect Wes Moore. However, the fans struggled to stay motivated in this one. Maryland could benefit from a few more easy games.

UP NEXT

UCLA: UCLA’s Bruins take on No. 13 Kentucky in New York on Saturday

Maryland: The Terps will be away for more than a week, before Saint Peter’s Night on Thursday night.

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