UCLA has bounced back well in its first 20 minutes of play after the debacle at Cal.
The Bruins hold a 43-38 lead over Stanford that would be larger if not for their nine turnovers — many of which were unforced. UCLA is dictating the pace of the game so far, and has shot well (53.3 percent from the field, and 4 of 8 from the arc) while holding the Cardinal to 41.7 percent.
Most impressive is the team’s 20-13 edge on the boards. Ben Howland said this week that the guards need to contribute more there, and they have so far: Jordan Adams, Larry Drew II and Norman Powell have combined for six rebounds, and six Bruins have double-digit boards.
They had won the battle on the glass just once in the past seven games.
Jordan Adams has a game-high 11 points, finishing off the half with a nice baseline drive and buzzer-beating layup. Shabazz Muhammad has 10 points and missed just one of his five shots.