UCLA rolls past shorthanded Colorado in men’s game
Norman Powell matched his season high with 19 points and No. 25 UCLA pulled away in the second half to beat No. 21 Colorado 69-56 Thursday night, handing the shorthanded Buffaloes their first home loss of the season.
The Associated Press
BOULDER, Colo. — While many of his UCLA teammates struggled with their shooting touch, Norman Powell had little problem getting his shots to fall.
Powell matched his season high with 19 points and No. 25 UCLA pulled away in the second half to beat No. 21 Colorado 69-56 Thursday night, handing the shorthanded Buffaloes their first home loss of the season.
“I’ve really been working on my shot,” said Powell, who went 8 of 13 from the field, including two three-pointers. “I haven’t been shooting the three-ball the way I wanted to. I’ve been getting up extra shots at practice and on my own. I feel like it’s really paying off. I’m really confident in my shot and it’s going in.”
Jordan Adams had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and David Wear added 13 points for UCLA (14-3, 3-1 Pac-12), which has won consecutive games since a narrow loss to top-ranked Arizona a week ago.
“We didn’t shoot the ball very well,” said UCLA coach Steve Alford, whose team hit 39.4 percent from the field, a fraction off Colorado’s 40 percent mark.
“You have to give Colorado credit,” he added. “Their kids really played hard and stepped up and played with great energy with the injuries that they’ve had to try to deal with. It’s not easy. To get a double-digit win and do the job on the backboard, this team a month ago could not win a game on the road shooting 39 percent. Now we’ve proven we can. I think that’s the biggest statement. That’s what I told the guys.”
Askia Booker scored 21 points and Josh Scott 19 for Colorado (14-4, 3-2). The Buffaloes were playing for the first time since guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who was leading the team in scoring, assists and steals, sustained a season-ending knee injury during last Sunday’s loss at Washington.
Colorado also was without Tre’Shaun Fletcher, who injured his knee in the same game and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle said it will take time for his team to adjust to those losses.
“It is going to be a process because we lost a key component of our team — two of them,” Boyle said. “Is it going to take time? Yes, but that’s not an excuse. We didn’t lose this game tonight because Spencer Dinwiddie and Tre’Shaun Fletcher didn’t play. We lost this game because we didn’t play well enough to beat UCLA. It was a winnable game. We just didn’t do what we had to do.”
At No. 1 Arizona 91,Arizona State 68
Nick Johnson had 17 points, Aaron Gordon added 16, and the Wildcats jumped on the rival Sun Devils early in the rout.
Arizona (18-0, 5-0 Pac-12) raced to a 21-point lead in the first half and extended the best start in school history with a flurry of dunks and three-pointers.
The Wildcats put seven players in double figures, shot 56 percent and had 21 assists on 34 field goals to beat the Sun Devils for the sixth time in seven games.
Arizona State (13-5, 2-3) played without second-leading scorer Jermaine Marshall and had trouble with Arizona’s size all night, shooting 34 percent. Jahii Carson had 20 points.
At Utah 84, USC 66
The Utes pulled away in the second half after leading 39-36 at halftime.
Delon Wright had 22 points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists for Utah.