Bruins move to 7-0 with win over Northwestern

UCLA maintained its perfect record with a 95-79 win over Northwestern Friday night, closing out the Las Vegas Invitational.

Sophomore Kyle Anderson was named tournament MVP and nearly had his second career triple-double. The point guard finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, four steals and a block. He also made both his 3-point attempts, chipping in to the Bruins’ absurd 13-of-16 rate from downtown.

Guards Jordan Adams, Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford tied for the team lead with 18 points, combining to shoot 10-of-12 from beyond the arc. Adams and LaVine were named to the all-tournament team.

The frontcourt still looked shaky as starting big men David Wear and Tony Parker combined for seven points, seven rebounds, and nine fouls. Travis Wear — still working back into game shape following an appendectomy — had four points and two rebounds, while freshman forward Wanaah Bail had three points and two steals.

Steve Alford became the first UCLA head coach to debut with a 7-0 start. Northwestern coach Chris Collins also yelled at Alford after the game, possibly because the Bruins left their starters in late.

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  • Go Bruinz

    Yes, I was wondering why Northwestern’s coach was yelling at Alford. Is that really the reason why?

    • Lifelong Bruin Fan

      If it is, Collins should zip it. UCLA was not “pouring it on” at the end and in fact only scored 5 points in about the final 5 minutes. Alford substituted deep into the bench in the last minute or two. This was not a 40-point blowout–a few 3s and the lead goes into single digits. Not reasonable to expect the opposing coach to just let up.

  • samollie

    Wonder if Alford is surprised at how well this team is clicking on offense already, I know I am. We look loaded. Hopefully D comes around when we finally get tested and don’t have big leads. B(s)N is so tired. The circle jerking continues…

    • 92104bruinfan

      Agreed on both takes. I’d like to see a bit more low post work to balance out the fantastic shooting and drives to the rack but that will come in time. Yeah, they will need to close out against shooters much better than they have once the competition steps up. So far so good tho. Go Bruins!

  • Mark

    The defense is really lauable. Some possessions nobody even guarded. No way NW should be putting up 79 on Ucla. Ucla isn’t going to shoot lights out, especially from 3, in conference games.

    • maze949

      You’re illiterate.

    • Lifelong Bruin Fan

      The only player who can defend well on the perimeter is Powell. Alford and LaVine, while performing impressively as freshmen especially on the offensive end, do not yet really know how to get into a defensive stance and slide as they sort of hop around nearly straight up on the perimeter (although Alford does have good instincts as evidenced by a few steals near halfcourt).

  • EncinitasBruin

    Leaving starters in the game up 16 is not unheard of, perhaps until the bench-clearing begins with a minute or two left. 16 points is just a six-possession buffer. Grow up, Coach Collins.