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Jordan Adams scored 21 points against Nevada on Thusday (photo by Scott Chandler)

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No. 19 UCLA Takes Down Nevada, 105-84
Courtesy: Associated Press  
Release:  11/28/2013

LAS VEGAS - Jordan Adams and Zach LaVine each scored 21 points to lead No. 19 UCLA to a 105-84 victory over Nevada on Thursday in the opening round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.

Five players scored in double figures for the Bruins (6-0), who quickly erased an early five-point deficit and built a double-digit lead less than 10 minutes into the game. LaVine finished with a season-high 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

The Bruins registered 100 points or more in consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 27 and Dec. 1, 1999, after having defeated Chattanooga, 106-65, in Pauley Pavilion last Sunday evening.

Kyle Anderson logged his fourth double-double in six games, finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes.

Against Nevada (3-4) on Thursday in Las Vegas, UCLA’s lead got as high as 19 points in the first half, when the Bruins shot 16 of 25 (64 percent) from the field and 17 of 18 at the free throw line. They finished at 60.7 percent from the floor, including 10 of 20 from 3-point range.

Deonte Burton and Jerry Evans Jr. each scored 20 points for Nevada, while Michael Perez added 18.

UCLA, off to its best start since opening the 2007-08 season with seven straight wins, will face Northwestern on Friday at 8:30 p.m. The Wolf Pack will take on Missouri.

After falling behind 7-2 only two minutes into the game, UCLA scored nine straight points in a 16-4 run to pull ahead 18-11 at the 13:06 mark. LaVine hit a pair of 3-pointers to spark the first spurt. The freshman guard scored 10 of UCLA's first 25 points to help the Bruins extend their lead to 10 points midway through the first half.

The Wolf Pack refused to go away, scoring the next four points to cut the lead to 25-19. But that was the closest they would get the rest of the game. Adams quickly ended Nevada's mini-run with a 3-pointer, then the Bruins went on a 10-for-10 run from the free throw line to go back up by 12 with 5:29 left.

David Wear scored the Bruins' final nine points of the half to give UCLA a 56-39 lead at the break.

Thursday night’s game marked the first collegiate contest for UCLA freshman Wanaah Bail, who missed the first five games recovering from offseason knee surgery. Bail finished with three points, three rebounds and two assists in nine minutes off the bench.

 


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