Sharp-shooting UCLA takes down Utah

  • UCLA guard Aaron Holiday shoots over Utah forward Chris Seeley during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. UCLA won 83-64. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    UCLA guard Aaron Holiday shoots over Utah forward Chris Seeley during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. UCLA won 83-64. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Utah forward Chris Seeley, middle, dunks between UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, left, and forward Gyorgy Goloman during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Utah forward Chris Seeley, middle, dunks between UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, left, and forward Gyorgy Goloman during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • UCLA center Thomas Welsh, right, shoots over Utah guard Kolbe Caldwell , left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. UCLA won 83-64. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    UCLA center Thomas Welsh, right, shoots over Utah guard Kolbe Caldwell , left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. UCLA won 83-64. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Utah guard Justin Bibbins, left, shoots over UCLA guard Aaron Holiday during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Utah guard Justin Bibbins, left, shoots over UCLA guard Aaron Holiday during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Utah guard Sedrick Barefield, right, shoots around UCLA center Thomas Welsh during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Utah guard Sedrick Barefield, right, shoots around UCLA center Thomas Welsh during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Utah forward Chris Seeley, right, fouls UCLA guard Jaylen Hands during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. UCLA won 83-64. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Utah forward Chris Seeley, right, fouls UCLA guard Jaylen Hands during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. UCLA won 83-64. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • UCLA guard Jaylen Hands, right, and Utah guard Christian Popoola vie for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. UCLA won 83-64. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    UCLA guard Jaylen Hands, right, and Utah guard Christian Popoola vie for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. UCLA won 83-64. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Utah guard Kolbe Caldwell, right, shoots next to UCLA guard Kris Wilkes during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Utah guard Kolbe Caldwell, right, shoots next to UCLA guard Kris Wilkes during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Utah forward David Collette, right, dunks past UCLA guard Aaron Holiday during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Utah forward David Collette, right, dunks past UCLA guard Aaron Holiday during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Utah forward David Collette reacts after losing a rebound to UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Utah forward David Collette reacts after losing a rebound to UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • UCLA guard Prince Ali, right, blocks a pass by Utah forward Tyler Rawson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    UCLA guard Prince Ali, right, blocks a pass by Utah forward Tyler Rawson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Utah guard Christian Popoola, left, fouls UCLA guard Kris Wilkes during the second half of Thursday’s game at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA won 83-64. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Utah guard Christian Popoola, left, fouls UCLA guard Kris Wilkes during the second half of Thursday’s game at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA won 83-64. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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LOS ANGELES — UCLA lost its all-time leader in 3-point shooting and its generational talent at point guard from last season. On Thursday, it didn’t matter.

With the same sharp-shooting technique as last year’s Sweet 16 team, the Bruins shot better than 50 percent from 3-point range for a second straight game to dispatch Utah 83-64 on Thursday in Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA (13-4, 4-1 Pac-12) sank 12 of 23 3-point attempts, led by a perfect 4-for-4 effort from senior Aaron Holiday, after shooting a season-high 56.7 percent from 3-point range against Cal last Saturday. Holiday, who made his first five shots from the field Thursday, finished with 20 points and six assists to keep the Bruins in first place in the Pac-12.

Freshman Kris Wilkes had his sixth straight double-digit scoring night with 19 points, and also had four steals, while redshirt sophomore Prince Ali and freshman Jaylen Hands added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The Bruins scored 19 points in the first five minutes of the game, thanks to five 3-pointers, but only scraped together 22 points in the final 15 minutes of the first half.

UCLA’s quick 12-point lead disintegrated into a slim three-point advantage after Utah (10-6, 2-3 Pac-12) finished a 7-0 run with 6:36 left on a dunk from Chris Seeley after the Utah forward cleaned up a missed shot from guard Justin Bibbins, a transfer from Long Beach State.

The Utes, who entered Thursday’s game as the Pac-12’s worst team in rebounding margin, were outrebounded 11-6 through the first 14 minutes of the game, but UCLA finished with a 30-27 advantage.

Holiday ended UCLA’s quick scoring drought in the first half with a 3-pointer and the Utes never got closer than four points for the rest of the night. The Bruins blazed out of the locker room at halftime with a quick 11-4 run.

David Collette led the Utes with 15 points, followed by Bibbins with 12.

UCLA will try to finish off a home sweep on Saturday against Colorado at 7:30 p.m.

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