LOS ANGELES -- With a hot start and a torrid finish, the UCLA Bruins posted their second consecutive blowout victory, this time an 89-70 victory over the Long Beach State 49ers on Tuesday night at Pauley Pavilion.
A quick look at the game:
How it happened: The Bruins (8-3) made 15 of their first 21 shots to build a cushion and never trailed in defeating the 49ers (4-7). Long Beach State made plenty of runs to try to get back into the game, trimming the lead to single digits several times. But a 15-5 run midway through the second half gave UCLA a 78-61 lead with 5:40 to play and the Bruins closed by making their final eight field goal attempts.
Player of the game: Adams had 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting. He also had three steals in the first half.
Stat of the game: UCLA shot 58.9 percent for the field, eclipsing 55 percent for the second game in a row.
What it means: UCLA continues to show signs of improvement. Although the interior defense left a lot to be desired (consider: Long Beach scored 38 points in the paint and 49ers center Dan Jennings had 27 points on 13-of-15 shooting), the Bruins fared well in playing man-to-man against a very athletic and battle-tested team.
What’s next: UCLA plays the Fresno State Bulldogs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.