Monday, August 27, 2012
Another rout for UCLA hoops in China
By Peter Yoon
UCLA scored another landslide victory Monday, when the Bruins defeated Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 72-31, in an exhibition game in Shanghai.
Freshman Jordan Adams shook off a shaky first game in China and led UCLA with 20 points and five steals. The sharp-shooting freshman made nine of 17 shots, but only one of five three pointers. It was a great improvement over Saturday, when he made only four of 14 shots from the field.
Adams scored 11 of UCLA's first 15 points, including the first seven of the game, and made his first seven shots as the Bruins followed Saturday's 48-point victory in Beijing with another rout over a Chinese university team.
“It felt great to knock down my first shot, because in my last game I struggled, going 4-for-14 so I wanted to get that out of my mind and prove myself again," Adams said. "I felt that I could keep going. Since I was hot, my teammates just kept trying to keep feeding me. We wanted to see where that went.”
Travis Wear had 12 points and rebounds, Norman Powell had 13 points and Joshua Smith added 10 for the Bruins. Point guard Larry Drew II had seven assists for the Bruins, who had 26 assists on 32 made baskets -- a stat that impressed coach Ben Howland.
"I was really pleased with how we shared the ball," Howland said. "One thing that has come out of these two games is our great unselfishness by everybody. We even got to the point where we were overpassing, which is a good problem to have. We had guys doing a great job sharing the ball and giving themselves up for the team. Everybody wants to make the good pass."
Notes: UCLA's starting lineup was David Wear, Travis Wear, Jordan Adams, Larry Drew and Norman Powell. ... The Bruins play the Shanghai Sharks - -a professional team -- on Tuesday in the third and final game of their exhibition tour in China.