Nov. 15, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Norman Powell scored a career-high 27 points and Jordan Adams added 25 to lead the No. 13 UCLA men's basketball team past James Madison, 100-70, in New Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night.
UCLA (3-0) will return to action against Georgetown (2-0) in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Monday, Nov. 19, in the Progressive Legends Classic. The following night, the Bruins will face either No. 1 Indiana or Georgia, with both games being played at the Barclays Center.
Adams, who scored 21 in the Bruins' season opener last Friday, had 26 points against UC Irvine on Tuesday night. With his 25-point effort Thursday, he became the first UCLA freshman to have scored 20-plus points in each of his first three collegiate games.
UCLA led James Madison at halftime by a 63-29 margin, logging its highest point total in any half since scoring 64 in the first half of a victory against Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 13, 1997, in Pauley Pavilion.
"I thought we had a fantastic first half," UCLA head coach Ben Howland said. "The guys did a great job of getting mentally prepared defensively. We had great focus in our walk-through, and we played well on both ends."
The visiting Dukes did not reach double digits on the scoreboard until 10 minutes into the contest on Thursday night.
Rayshawn Goins led James Madison with 24 points, one off his career best. The Dukes traveled across the country to play their first game and fell to 0-4 against top-25 teams in season openers.
Adams scored 16 points in the first half when UCLA shot 68 percent and led 63-29. The Bruins were 6 of 7 from 3-point range and made 11 of 13 free throws while holding James Madison to 34 percent field-goal shooting.
"They were awesome in the first half," Dukes coach Matt Brady said. "We had a chance to keep it close in the first 5-6 minutes but we went 0-4 from the foul line with two seniors. When you miss free throws and give up first shots at the rim and second shots on the glass and give up quick shots in transition, it's a really difficult game."
The Dukes were 9 of 15 from the free-throw line and had 12 turnovers.
The only suspense in the second half was whether Adams could keep his free-throw shooting streak intact. With 3 1/2 minutes to go, one of his attempts bounced on the front of the rim before going in and he sank his last one before heading to the bench shortly after.
UCLA scored 100 points in a game for the first time since Dec. 15, 2009, when the Bruins defeated New Mexico State, 100-68, in Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA scored at will against the Dukes, who never made a dent in their huge deficit. A.J. Davis was the only other player in double figures with 16 for James Madison. The Bruins' bench outscored the Dukes' reserves, 48-18, and UCLA owned a commanding 44-34 edge in the paint.
Game Notes: UCLA scored 100 points in a game for the 161st time in program history ... freshman Jordan Adams made 7 of 7 free throws against James Madison and has made his last 26 free throw attempts (Darren Collison owns the school record, having made 43 consecutive free throws in 2008-09) ... Adams has become UCLA's first player to score 20-plus points in three consecutive games since Arron Afflalo accompllishe the feat from Jan. 20-28, 2007 (22 pts, 25 pts, 22 pts) in wins over Arizona and California and a loss to Arizona ... senior Larry Drew II had a career high of 12 assists - his previous career high was 10, versus Nevada on Nov. 20, 2009 (while playing for North Carolina).