The UCLA Bruins broke in New Pauley Pavilion with a blow-out, beating the Indiana State Sycamores, 86-59 behind freshman forward’s Jordan Adams’ 21 points.
The Bruins struggled early on, with the Indiana State Sycamores leading for most of the first half due in large part to a struggling UCLA offense.
But UCLA shook off the first-game jitters — and likely re-focused after learning an hour before tip-off that teammate Shabazz Muhammad would be ineligible indefinitely — and took a 15-14 lead with eight minutes left in the first half of play and never relinquished the lead.
After the Bruins ended the half with an 8-0 run, which would culminate in a 36-27 halftime lead, the offense began to flow much nicer, taking a double-digit lead early in the second half, which would swell to a 30-point lead before the game ended.
Jordan Adams was the team’s shining star, scoring 21 points off of 7-for-12 shooting. Adams also recorded eight rebounds and was 5-for-6 from the free throw line.
Travis Wear quietly earned 17 points of his own off of 12 shots to go along with six boards.
Overall, four UCLA players scored double-digits by the time the night was over while David Wear was the only player with a double-double, earning 13 points and 10 rebounds.
UCLA’s highest-rated freshman on the court, Kyle Anderson, had the team’s most versatile line, earning 10 points off of five shots to go along with nine boards and five assists.
UCLA will stay at home to take on UC-Irvine on Tuesday, November 13.