UCLA Basketball Defeats Colorado, 78-75
Jan. 12, 2013
BOULDER, Colo. - Travis Wear scored 14 of his career-high 23 points in the second half and Jordan Adams' two free throws with seven seconds left sealed UCLA's ninth straight victory, 78-75, at Colorado on Saturday.
UCLA (14-3, 4-0 Pac-12) also received 18 points from Jordan Adams and 14 from Shabazz Muhammad. Kyle Anderson registered his fifth double-double of the season, totaling 12 points and a team-best 10 rebounds.
The Bruins' nine-game winning streak is their longest since winning 10 straight during the 2008-09 season.
Spencer Dinwiddie led Colorado (11-5, 1-3) with 23 points. The host Buffaloes also received 18 points each from Josh Scott and Askia Booker.
UCLA improved to 6-1 this season in games decided by five points or fewer. The Bruins improved to 2-0 on the road this season, after having defeated Utah in Salt Lake City, 57-53, on Thursday night.
The Bruins led at halftime, 35-34, and pushed their margin to 40-34 early in the second quarter before Colorado tie the game, 42-42, with 16:09 remaining.
Leading 44-43, UCLA used a 17-5 scoring run over the next 6:49 to secure a 61-48 margin. That scoring run was capped by a three-pointer from Adams, who was fouled on the shot and converted the ensuing free throw.
Colorado chipped away, closing its deficit to 66-61 with 2:15 left in regulation. The Buffaloes got as close as one point, trailing UCLA by a 76-75 margin with seven seconds left, before Jordan Adams made two free throws.
Booker's three-point attempt to tie the game in the final seconds was unsuccessful.
Game Notes: This marks the fourth time in head coach Ben Howland's 10 seasons at UCLA in which the Bruins have opened conference play with a 4-0 mark (also in 2003-04, 2007-08, 2008-09) ... Shabazz Muhammad finished with 14 points, scoring in double figures for the 13th time in 14 games ... Jordan Adams has scored in double figures in 13 of 17 games played ... UCLA improved its all-time record against Colorado to 6-1 ... the Bruins had not played at Colorado since Dec. 7, 1962 ... Travis Wear scored nine consecutive points for UCLA in the final 10 minutes of the game ... UCLA did not trail Colorado in the second half (game was tied, 42-42, at the 16:09 mark).
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