Dec. 8, 2012
HOUSTON - Jordan Adams scored a game-high 18 points, including seven in the game's final 1:59, to lead UCLA past Texas, 65-63, in a non-conference meeting at Reliant Stadium on Saturday.
The Bruins (6-3) overcame a 59-51 deficit in the game's final 3:43, claiming a 62-61 advantage with 47.7 seconds left in regulation on a free throw by Shabazz Muhammad.
Saturday's game was played as part of a doubleheader featuring the women's teams from UCLA and Texas in the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Showcase at Reliant Stadium.
Muhammad finished with 16 points for UCLA, scoring in double figures for the sixth time in as many collegiate games. Kyle Anderson had 11 points and six rebounds, along with two assists, two steals and two blocks.
Texas (5-4) was led by Cameron Ridley's 14-point, 10-rebound effort.
UCLA led throughout most of the first half and owned a 32-30 cushion at halftime. Texas claimed a 45-43 advantage with 11:30 to play in regulation and built its margin to eight points (59-51, at 3:43) before UCLA rallied in the game's final three minutes.
Adams keyed UCLA's late comeback, converting a pair of "old-fashioned" three-point plays at the 1:59 and 1:15 marks in the second half. Adams' six consecutive points erased a 61-55 deficit. Following Adams' free throw with 1:15 to play, Shabazz Muhammad made one of two free throws with 47.7 seconds to play.
With Saturday's win, UCLA evened the all-time series against the Longhorns to 3-3. Texas had won the previous three contests against UCLA - in Dec. 2007, Dec. 2008 and Dec. 2011.
The Bruins return to action against Prairie View A&M on Saturday, Dec. 15. Game time in New Pauley Pavilion is slated for 6 p.m.