UCLA scales Boulder, earns first win over ranked team

For the second year in a row, UCLA leaves Boulder victorious.

The No. 25 Bruins earned their first win over a ranked team Thursday night, beating 21st-ranked Colorado, 69-56. Junior guard Norman Powell led the team with a 19 points, including 13 by halftime. The total tied his season high, and was accompanied by three rebounds and four steals.

Sophomore Jordan Adams had 14 points on an uninspiring 4-of-15 performance from the field, but grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds — six on offense.

That latter number helped UCLA continue its recent trend on the boards. Following strong efforts against No. 1 Arizona and Arizona State, it edged the Buffs with a 41-37 rebounding margin. The team survived an off-night from sophomore point guard Kyle Anderson, who didn’t score in the first half and finished with six points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Without leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado never generated a strong push. UCLA is the only team the Buffs have has yet to beat since joining the conference for the 2011-12 season.

Askia Booker and Josh Scott scored 21 and 19 points, respectively, but no other player scored more than five points. The pair combined to shoot 14-of-23 from the field, including Booker’s 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. The rest of the team? Just 6-of-27.

UCLA led by 12 with less than five minutes remaining, but saw that margin shrink to seven after Booker’s fifth 3-pointer of the night. Colorado, however, squandered possessions and couldn’t put a late scare into the Bruins.

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  • Oz

    Jordan Adams isn’t a 2, he’s an undersized 3, & now he’s playing like it.

  • Marc

    Colorado beat the Bruins in the Sports Arena. Was that a non- conference game?

    Or, am I completely wrong. I could very well be, but that’s what I remember and I’m too lazy at the present time to look it up.

    Anyway. Bryce looked terrible tonight. In fact, just about everyone looked bad, with the exception of Norman Powell.

    • 92104bruinfan

      Bruins have lost 3 games, not 4. They lost to Mizzou by 9, Duke by 17, and AZ by 4. Disagree that they’re better than the record shows, but they are improving especially on the boards which I didn’t think was going to happen a couple of weeks ago. Go Bruins!

      • SKL

        Quite certain he is referring to Utah being better than their record shows. But hey, keep rolling with the argumentative narrative. Those are always entertaining…

        • 92104bruinfan

          Alright, alright I owned the misread but enough already.

        • EncinitasBruin

          Let’s ease up on our man 92104. He apologized…

      • LTEfan

        Either poor reading comprehension or poor humor; neither is impressive.

        • 92104bruinfan

          No need for the slight there LTE. It wasn’t an attack on Marc. I’ll be sure to make an effort to “impress” you.

      • Marc

        I was referring to Utah. Check out their schedule and results. Four losses by a combined 9 points. 3 of those on the road, and the home loss in OT to Oregon, which started Oregon’s current three game slide.

        Three losses by two points, and one by three. They were all within a bucket. UCLA better expect a tough game .

        • 92104bruinfan

          My bad…that’s what I get for not having enough coffee before responding. Agree that Utah will be tough gig.

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