Nov. 29, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Norman Powell led four players in double figures with 17 points and UCLA bounced back from an upset loss to beat Cal State Northridge 82-56 on Wednesday night.
Kyle Anderson added 15 points and Larry Drew II had a career-high 13 assists for the Bruins (5-2), who were coming off a 70-68 loss to Cal Poly last Sunday that dropped them from the Top 25. Powell lost track of the score and mistakenly committed a late foul that led to two winning free throws by the Mustangs.
"I know I made a mistake last game and my thing was to forget about it," he said.
Travis Wear scored 14 points and Shabazz Muhammad had 13 points, 9 rebounds and five of UCLA's 16 turnovers in his fourth collegiate game. UCLA head coach Ben Howland started four guards alongside forward Wear to give the Bruins stronger ball-handling, and they played zone.
"UCLA's zone threw us off a little bit," Northridge coach Bobby Braswell said. "We were expecting it, but we didn't expect that they would use it all 40 minutes. We didn't attack it right. UCLA got out and ran, and it's a lot easier to do that from a zone."
Stephan Hicks scored 11 points, and Landon Drew, the younger brother of Larry, added 10 points to lead Northridge (6-2), which fell to 1-7 against the Bruins in a series that began in 1992.
The younger Drew said he prepared to play against his brother by reading about NFL quarterback brothers Eli and Peyton Manning.
"I have the utmost respect for him because he is my older brother, but when I got on the court there was no holding back," Landon Drew said. "It was either him or me."
Northridge never threatened in the second half after trailing 38-24 at halftime. UCLA opened the second half on a 13-2 run that extended its lead to 51-26. Jordan Adams and Powell hit consecutive 3-pointers, while Powell had two other baskets in the spurt.
The Bruins shot 62 percent from the floor in the second half and they outrebounded the Matadors 47-35 and scored 24 points off Northridge's 16 turnovers. UCLA's largest lead was 28 points with 4:26 remaining.