Feb. 15, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jordan Adams scored 24 points and UCLA opened the second half with a 14-0 run on the way to an 80-66 victory over Utah on Saturday.
“They put some heat on us in the second half and it kind of demoralized us,” said Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak. “It was one of those kind of spurts where they were playing hard and they brought some of the offensive energy down to the defensive side as well.”
Kyle Anderson had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for UCLA (20-5, 9-3 Pac-12), and Norman Powell had 13 points before fouling out with 50 seconds remaining.
UCLA, coming off a 92-74 victory over Colorado on Saturday, has won six of seven since Utah beat them 71-67 on Jan. 18 at the Huntsman Center despite Anderson's season-high 28 points - the last time Utah gave up 25 or more by an opposing player. That loss dropped the Bruins out of the AP top 25, and they haven't been back since.
Delon Wright finished as the only Ute in double figure with 16 points. He also had seven assists, six rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal, playing all 40 minutes. The Utes (17-8, 6-7), who came in with a 3-game winning streak, fell to 1-6 on the road this season.
"They started playing hard on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor," Krystkowiak said. "They have a lot of talent and it’s a tough matchup. When their [center] can step out and hit threes, it’s hard to deal with that a lot of the time."
Utah was in the game despite getting just four points in the opening half from Wright and none from Jordan Loveridge. UCLA’s defense kept the duo in check, allowing just a combined five shots over the first 20 minutes.
In the first five minutes of the second half though, there were four missed shots and five turnovers by the Utes and UCLA went on a 12-0 run. By the time Loveridge hit an 18-foot jumper, the offense had already teetered out of control. Utah never came close to recovering from the 45-31 deficit
"We just didn’t play hard coming out for the second half," Wright said. "They came out and took it to us, and we didn’t respond."
Utah returns home this week for contests against No. 2 Arizona and Arizona State. The Utes and Wildcats meet at 8 p.m. on Wednesday with the game televised on Fox Sports 1.