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Jordan Adams led UCLA with 31 points on Thursday (AP Photo)

Courtesy: Associated Press
Jordan Adams Helps Pace UCLA Basketball Past Washington, 91-82
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/06/2014

SEATTLE (AP) - Jordan Adams scored a career-high 31 points and crossed the 1,000 career point pleateau, as UCLA secured a second-place finish in the Pac-12 standings with a 91-82 win at Washington on Thursday.

Zach LaVine scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting in a return to his hometown. The former standout at nearby Bothell High School scored 11 of his 14 points in the final five minutes for the Bruins. LaVine's closing punch included a three-point play off a Washington turnover with 1:24 left that gave UCLA an 87-77 lead.

Bryce Alford (12 points), Kyle Anderson (12 points) and Tony Parker (10 points) rounded out UCLA’s list of five players scoring in double figures.

"This game was probably a little too much offense and not enough defense from either team," UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. "We thought it would be fast-paced. We thought it would be up-tempo. That’s where we are most comfortable playing. We were getting some shots and then we got the right stops at the right time."

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 finished with 17 points for the Huskies.

Adams had a remarkably efficient evening, making 11 of 15 shots and 8 of 9 free throw attempts.

Washington shot 55.4 percent and made 9 of 19 three-point field goals, but could not overcoming allowing 23 points off turnovers, 18 of those points coming in the second half.

Adams scored six points during a 2 1/2 minute stretch of the second half when UCLA put together its decisive run. His breakaway layup with 8:41 left gave the Bruins a 70-64 lead. Darin Johnson answered with a tough drive for Washington, but Tony Parker scored in the lane and Alford knocked down a 3-pointer for a 75-66 lead with 7:16 left, the biggest lead of the game for either team.

Adams checked out and Bruins’ athletic trainer Laef Morris worked on the muscles above and below both of his knees, appearing to try and loosen them.

With Adams out, Anderson scored on a lumbering drive through the lane to push the Bruins lead to nine, but the Huskies got within 77-71 on Williams-Goss' driving layup.

During a quick timeout by UCLA, Adams was taken back into the tunnel area behind the Bruins' bench and returned just in time to see LaVine score on a drive to get the lead back to eight. Adams checked back in with the Bruins leading 79-73.

Two free throws from Wilcox got the Huskies within four, but LaVine answered with a twisting basket at the other end while also drawing Wilcox's fourth foul, the start of six straight points by the Bruins.

The highly entertaining first half saw Washington 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, most of it with Wilcox on the bench, gave them the lead at the break.

Both teams saw their stars take over scoring for stretches of the half. Adams did early with 10 of UCLA's first 14 points, and then it was Wilcox in the middle of the half with a trio of 3-pointers in a four-minute stretch. Then it was Andrew Andrews in the closing minutes, sparking a 14-5 Washington run that erased a 36-31 deficit. Andrews scored six of his 10 points in the final five minutes and Washington held a 45-41 lead at the break.

 


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