UCLA completed a sweep of its three-game China tour Tuesday, defeating the Shanghai Sharks, 92-63, at Yuan Shen Sports Center in Shanghai.
Travis Wear had 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting to lead UCLA. Freshman Kyle Anderson added 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Adams scored 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting and Tyler Lamb rounded out UCLA’s double-digit scorers with 15 points and a game-leading six steals.
"They had a different style of play, kind of an NBA style of play," Anderson said. "They were very well-disciplined and well-coached, you could tell. They were staying on their feet, not falling for shot fakes, coming into jump stops, just the fundamentals and the basics. They cut it to 10 points, and that’s when we got it together. We kept our composure and went on a great run."
The Sharks, a professional team co-owned by Yao Ming, were within seven points late in the third quarter and provided the toughest test of the trip after UCLA posted two routs over Chinese University teams. UCLA responded and took control in the fourth quarter, ending the game on a 19-2 run.
“Our guys pulled it together and everybody kept their composure," Lamb said. "I think that is really great for what is to come. We just focused on making defensive stops and getting some easy baskets. We went in there and got a couple stops and that led to easy layups and open threes.”
The trip was a success in terms of record, but also in terms of team chemistry and finding which players fit. Adams and Anderson, two members of the top-ranked freshman class, played well.
It did not, however, offer a look at touted freshmen Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker. Muhammad did not make the trip because of an ongoing investigation into his eligibility and Parker did not play because of a hamstring injury.
Still, the Bruins came away feeling like they are on the right track for a season in which they are expected to be among the preseason favorites to win the national championship.
“I think we know a little bit more of how we can play together and what we are capable of when we play a whole-team effort on defense," Lamb said. "We have multiple weapons -- we can go inside and we have really good guard play. I think we are just trying to become a complete team. These three games helped us to see where we stand. I think we can go into practice for the real season and we’ll be all right.
Notes: UCLA’s starters were David Wear, Travis Wear, Kyle Anderson, Larry Drew II and Tyler Lamb. ... The Bruins open this regular season Nov. 9 at Pauley Pavilion.
Yoon reported from Los Angeles.