UCLA basketball (6-3) escaped Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX, with a 65-63 win over the Texas Longhorns (5-4) in a battle defined by untimely turnovers and bad basketball in general.
In front of sparse crowd — announced attendance hovered around 2000 in a 70,000-person capacity stadium — the Bruins finally took the game home after Texas had seemingly given UCLA countless opportunities to blow the game wide open. The Bruins, of course, would have none of that, and shot dismally down the stretch of the second half.
Both teams were horrendous from the field, with UCLA shooting at a 41 percent clip and Texas shooting 37 percent from the floor; neither team shot higher than 20 percent from downtown, a figure that likely propelled UCLA to victory. The Bruins have given up an incredible amount of open threes leading up to this game and Saturday afternoon was no different, with many of Texas’ 20 downtown attempts being uncontested.
Texas, however, hasn’t been able to shoot the ball all season and stayed true to form, knocking down only four of their attempts.
Jordan Adams led UCLA in scoring once again, notching 18 points off of 14 shots to go along with seven rebounds. Kyle Anderson had a monstrous first half, scoring nine points and earning six rebounds, but Howland moved away from the Anderson-centric offense and the freshman finished with just 11 points.
Freshman Cameron Ridley led the way for Texas, earning 14 points off of six shots to go along with 10 boards, while the Longhorns’ primary offensive weapon, Sheldon McClellan, struggled, going 3-for-11 from the field, earning 12 points in the process.
The Bruins will try to wash away the stench of this awful game at Pauley Pavilion next Saturday as the Prairie View A&M (5-5) Panthers visit.