Michigan has no answer for UCLA's Johnny Juzang, trails Bruins at halftime
Johnny Juzang played as well as UCLA could’ve asked for in the first half of the Elite Eight game, and it has resulted in the Bruins owning a halftime lead on Michigan.
Juzang exploded for 18 points in the first 20 minutes, giving UCLA a 27-23 lead at the break. He made 8-of-10 shot attempts from the floor and knocked down both shots from behind the 3-point line. The rest of the Bruins scored just 9 points.
Those 9 points came from Tyger Campbell and Jaime Jaquez Jr., who scored 5 and 4 respectively.
Brandon Johns Jr. was the leader for the Wolverines in the first half with 8 points. Hunter Dickinson and Eli Brooks each added 4, Chaundee Brown scored 3 and Franz Wagner and Austin Davis both had 2 points.
It was a defensive battle through the first half, with neither team shooting better than 40% through the first 20 minutes. Michigan and UCLA combined to make 4 shots from 3-point range and 4 total free throws while also turning the ball over 14 times.
The two teams are fighting for a spot in the Final Four. The winner will play Gonzaga next weekend.