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UCLA wilts early this time in 77-63 loss to Cincinnati

UCLA wilts early this time in 77-63 loss to Cincinnati

A week ago, UCLA appeared to be a young and improving team that ran aground because of fatigue.

On Saturday, it was harder to make any claims about upward trajectory.

The Bruins fumbled and stumbled their way to a 77-63 loss against No. 25 Cincinnati at Pauley Pavilion, their undoing largely a result of an early flurry of turnovers.

UCLA had nearly twice as many turnovers (15) as made baskets (eight) during the first half, including eight turnovers in the final nine minutes. The mistakes came in many forms against a smothering defense that was unlike anything the Bruins had faced this season.

Point guard Jaylen Hands was trapped in the backcourt by two Cincinnati...

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