- Peter Yoon, ESPNLosAngeles.com
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Even without top recruit Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA's first exhibition in China ended in a rout.
The Bruins defeated Tsinghua University, 116-68, Saturday in Beijing with forward David Wear leading the way with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
Muhammad, one of the top freshman prospects in the country, did not make the trip because of an ongoing NCAA investigation into his eligibility, but it didn't seem to affect the Bruins, who had six players score in double figures and shot 65 percent from the field.
Travis Wear and Norman Powell had 19 points each and combined to make 16 of 18 shots.
Joshua Smith had 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting, Tyler Lamb had 14 points and 10 assists and Kyle Anderson, in his first game in a UCLA uniform, had 11 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
“A lot of guys stood out offensively, and I was really pleased with how we shared the ball,” coach Ben Howland said. “I thought the Wears played well, and I thought that Josh [Smith] did really well when he was in there and was a very difficult matchup for them.”
UCLA made 50 of 77 shots from the field and had 30 assists as a team. The Bruins held Tsinghua to 37.5 percent shooting, though the Chinese team was seven of 12 on three-point shots.
"Even the two weeks leading up to this trip, we knew that we have a special team," David Wear said. "We have meshed together really well and now we are able to see how well we can feed off of each other. It is so exciting to see how we played the way we did. Everyone was having a great time. Everyone was making the extra pass. I don’t recall anybody forcing a shot throughout the entire game.”
The Bruins next play Monday against Shanghai Jio Tong University before facing the Shanghai Sharks -- a professional team -- on Tuesday.
Notes: UCLA's starting lineup was: Travis Wear, David Wear, Kyle Anderson, Tyler Lamb and Larry Drew...Jordan Adams had eight points and five steals in his first game in a UCLA uniform.