Fast start carries UCLA past Prairie View, 95-71

AL BALDERAS (Associated Press)
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If the UCLA Bruins were looking for a team on which to take out their aggression after losing their first game of the season last week, they found it.

The Bruins (9-1) lost to Missouri on Dec. 7 but had no trouble against an overmatched Prairie View A&M team Saturday night. Jordan Adams scored 18 points, while Norman Powell and Kyle Anderson added 13 to lead UCLA to a 95-71 win at Pauley Pavilion.

If Prairie View hoped to start the game on a high note, it failed. The Panthers (2-8) had the ball stolen on their first two possessions.

Jordan Adams did the honors first, leading to two free throws by teammate Norman Powell.

Powell stole the ball on the Panthers' next possession and dunked to give the Bruins the early 4-0 lead.

Scott Montrael scored on a jumper for Prairie View's first points but UCLA scored the next seven, forcing the Panthers to play catch up.

Despite being the more athletic team, the Bruins had trouble pulling away from the Panthers in the early going but turned that around just after 10-minute mark.

Leading 17-11 with 12:29 remaining in the first half, the Bruins turned up the pressure at both ends for a 24-9 run that produced a 41-20 lead with 3:11 left in the half.

To make things worse for the Panthers, the Bruins closed out the opening frame with a 9-2 run, taking a 50-24 lead into halftime.

The first-half numbers told the story. The Bruins connected on 58 percent of their field goal attempts, while Prairie View managed just 36 percent.

The Panthers tried to keep the game close by shooting 3-point baskets, but connected on just one of their 11 attempts in the first half, while the Bruins connected on four of 10 long-range shots.

Montrael, the Panthers' leading scorer with a 13.7 average, led an improved second half scoring 25 of his game-high and season high 27 points.

Louis Munks contributed 13 points as the Panthers outscored the Bruins in the second half thanks in part to an early 18-5 run, but the Bruins were never threatened.

Travis Wear, making his first start of the season for UCLA, helped the cause with 10 points. Wear missed the first three games after having his appendix removed.

Zach LaVine came off the bench and scored 10 points for the Bruins.