Nov. 9, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jordan Adams scored 21 points in his college debut and No. 13 UCLA defeated Indiana State 86-59 in its season opener on Friday night.
Adams, the school's first-ever signee out of vaunted Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, was 7 of 12 from the floor and had eight rebounds off the bench for the Bruins (1-0). Travis Wear added 17 points and his twin brother David Wear had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
This was the first game in New Pauley Pavilion, which opened after an 18-month, $132 million renovation. A record 13,513 fans were in attendance for the Bruins' first game on campus since Feb. 26, 2011.
"It was a really strong win for us, to open up New Pauley Pavilion," head coach Ben Howland said. "We were hyped up in the beginning and a little too fast, misisng shots we normally make. We started slow, but began to loosen up especially with [Jordan] Adams' and [Tyler] Lamb's big threes."
Justin Gant led the Sycamores (0-1) with 11 points, including scoring the first points in the renovated building on a 3-pointer. Indiana State was chosen to help re-open the arena because the Terre Haute, Ind., school is the only university besides UCLA where the late John Wooden coached.
Both teams shot poorly to start the game, combining to miss their first eight shots. Eventually, the Bruins settled down and ran off eight straight points late in the half to lead 36-27 at the break.
Adams came on strong in the second half, hitting two 3-pointers and another basket that stretched UCLA's lead to 56-36 midway through the half.
The Sycamores cut their deficit to 63-52 on a 16-7 run, including two 3-pointers by Lucas Eitel and another by Khristian Smith, with 7:25 remaining. Manny Arop added 10 points for Indiana State, which hasn't won a season opener on the road since 1970 against Purdue, a streak of 14 losses in openers.
The Wear twins combined to run off nine straight points and extend the Bruins' lead to 72-55 as they ended the game on a 23-7 run.
Former Bruins stars Reggie Miller, Marques Johnson, Ed O'Bannon, Rod Foster, Don McLean and Lucius Allen, who scored the first points when Pauley opened in 1965, were introduced in a pre-game ceremony. A video highlighted historic moments in the arena's history with comments from Wooden.
UCLA continues its season with a Regional Round game of the Progressive Legends Classic against UC Irvine. Game time is 8:30 p.m. in New Pauley Pavilion. UCLA's game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.