No. 22 UCLA Beats Morehead State, 81-70
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Adams scored a career-high 30 points, Kyle Anderson had a triple-double and No. 22 UCLA pulled away from pesky Morehead State in the second half to win 81-70 on Friday night.
Anderson finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the school’s first triple-double since Toby Bailey had one in 1995, when UCLA won the last of its record 11 national championships.
Freshman Zach LaVine added 12 points for the Bruins (4-0) in a regional game of the Las Vegas Invitational. They play Chattanooga on Sunday before heading to Sin City for their final two tournament games over Thanksgiving weekend.
Chad Posthumus had a career-high 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Eagles (4-2) in their first meeting with UCLA. Brent Arrington added 17 points, including five 3-pointers.
Both teams grabbed 36 rebounds, but Morehead State shot just 37 percent and had 13 turnovers.
The Bruins, who led by 17 points in the first half, missed their first three shots and had a turnover to start the second half.
Posthumus continued on his shooting tear that began with 7 minutes left in the first half, when the Eagles faced that 17-point deficit. He scored 10 of Morehead State’s first 16 points during a stretch in which they closed to within three points four times.
But the Eagles suddenly went cold, and the Bruins capitalized with a 12-3 spurt that extended their lead to 71-57. Anderson scored five points and Travis Wear, playing his first game since having an appendectomy on Oct. 28, dunked and got fouled, making the free throw. Wear finished with 11 points.
Morehead State hit three 3-pointers in the final 2:47 to get back within single digits.
The Eagles haven’t beaten a ranked team since 2011, when they upset Louisville 62-61 in the NCAA tournament.
Morehead State took its second lead of the game, 18-17, on a 3-pointer by Angelo Warner. Arrington hit a 3-pointer to open the game.
The Bruins answered with a 20-2 run, including four 3-pointers, to go up 37-20. LaVine hit two of the 3s while scoring eight points. Adams had five, and Wear four.
The Eagles had the last run of the half, an 18-9 spurt that drew them to 46-38 at halftime. Posthumus scored eight points and Warner had five.
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