LOS ANGELES -- Shabazz Muhammad scored a career-high 25 points and UCLA rolled to a 95-53 victory over Prairie View A&M on Saturday night for its third straight win.
Fellow freshman Kyle Anderson added a career-best 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins (7-3), who were playing their first game since winning by two points at Texas a week ago. Muhammad made all six of his free throws in UCLA's biggest margin of victory this season.After a 7-7 tie to start, the Bruins controlled the rest of the game, leading by 23 at halftime and doubling that advantage in the second half.Ryan Gesiakowski made four 3-pointers in scoring 14 points, and Jourdan DeMuynck added 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers (5-6), who had their two-game winning streak snapped in losing for the fifth time in eight games.Muhammad scored seven of UCLA's first nine points. His layup snapped the 7-7 tie and launched the Bruins on a 39-16 run the rest of the half. Muhammad had eight points in the run, and Jordan Adams scored eight in a row as UCLA led 46-23.Muhammad hit two 3-pointers and scored two more points in a 13-2 run that opened the second half and extended UCLA's lead to 59-25.Larry Drew II, who had nine assists, and Anderson hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 76-42 lead.Prairie View's Josh Eleby was called for two flagrant fouls in the second half, with Adams and then Muhammad ending up on the floor as a result.UCLA scored 11 unanswered points in the final 5:48 before coach Ben Howland sat the rest of his starters.The Bruins scored 30 points off Prairie View's 18 turnovers and shot 56 percent from the field. They scored their second-most points of the season, trailing only the 100 they had in a win over James Madison.They improved to 2-0 over Prairie View in the series, which began in 2008.
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