March 7, 2014 in Sports

UCLA beat Huskies to lock up No. 2 seed in Pac-12 tournament

Tim Booth Associated Press
 
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Despite leg cramps, Jordan Adams scored a career-high 31 points to lead UCLA past Washington.
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SEATTLE – Jordan Adams scored a career-high 31 points, fighting through apparent leg cramps in the second half, and UCLA wrapped up the No. 2 seed in next week’s Pac-12 Conference tournament with a 91-82 win over Washington on Thursday night.

Adams scored 16 points in the first 12-plus minutes of the second half before having to sit with his legs appearing to cramp.

When Adams returned, it was Seattle-area native Zach LaVine taking over, scoring 11 of his 14 points in the final five minutes for UCLA (23-7, 12-5 Pac-12). LaVine’s closing punch included a three-point play off a Washington turnover with 1:24 left that gave the Bruins an 87-77 lead and finally put the Huskies away.

C.J. Wilcox led Washington (16-14, 8-9) with 20 points despite sitting for more than five minutes of the second half with foul trouble. Nigel Williams-Goss added 17 points.

Adams was extremely efficient, making 11 of 15 shots and 8 of 9 free throw attempts. Ryan Anderson and Bryce Alford both finished with 12 points for the Bruins.

Washington saw its hopes for a bye in the conference tournament end. The Huskies shot 55 percent and made 9 of 19 3-point attempts, but could not overcome allowing 23 points off of turnovers, 18 of those coming in the second half.

The first half saw UW shoot nearly 59 percent and the teams exchange the lead 17 times. Neither team led by more than seven points and only a late run by the Huskies gave them the lead at the break.

 UCLA (23-7)—Adams 11-15 8-9 31, Powell 1-3 4-4 6, Anderson 5-13 2-4 12, D. Wear 1-2 1-2 4, T. Wear 1-1 0-0 2, LaVine 5-10 3-4 14, B. Alford 3-6 3-4 12, Parker 5-9 0-0 10. Totals 32-59 21-27 91.

Washington (16-14)—Williams-Goss 5-9 6-6 17, Andrews 7-13 1-2 17, Wilcox 7-13 2-2 20, Simmons 0-3 1-2 1, Kemp, Jr. 2-3 0-0 4, Johnson 3-6 0-1 8, Blackwell 6-8 1-2 13, Anderson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 31-56 11-15 82. Halftime—Washington 45-41.

3-Point Goals—UCLA 6-14 (B. Alford 3-5, D. Wear 1-2, Adams 1-2, LaVine 1-3, Anderson 0-1, Powell 0-1), Washington 9-19 (Wilcox 4-10, Johnson 2-3, Andrews 2-5, Williams-Goss 1-1). Fouled Out—Parker, Wilcox. Rebounds—UCLA 29 (Anderson 9), Washington 28 (Blackwell 10). Assists—UCLA 18 (Anderson, D. Wear 5), Washington 16 (Williams-Goss 8). Total Fouls—UCLA 14, Washington 18. A—6,894.

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