ANAHEIM — UCLA went on a couple of runs to push its lead to 14 at one point in the second half but had to fend off a pesky Penn team that put together a big run of its own to make things interesting. In the end, UCLA leaves the Honda Center with a 77-73 win on Saturday to improve to 3-5 on the year.
Sophomore center Joshua Smith, playing with three and four fouls for most of the second half sparked a few big plays and finished with 12 points as did redshirt sophomore Travis Wear. At one point in the second half Smith scored on three straight possessions and started a chain of assists that ended with a 3-pointer from freshman Norman Powell to put the Bruins up 68-55.
Senior point guard Lazeric Jones led the Bruins in scoring and tied his season high with 21 points.
Penn guard Tyler Bernardini poured in 29 points including eight 3-pointers to help the Quakers hang around late in the game.