UCLA Bruins Pull Away From Utah Utes Thanks to Jordan Adams

By John Lloyd
Kirby Lee- USA TODAY Sports

The UCLA Bruins started the second half against the Utah Utes like any coach would want to: a 12-0 run. That run proved that it was game over for the Utes.

Jordan Adams was the catalyst to that run. He had five points — including an and-one — and an assist to Travis Wear; his assist went for a three-pointer. Contributing eight of 12 points in a run was not even the start to his impressive game or the big win for the Bruins.

Adams had four steals in the first 26 minutes of the game giving him easy layups and allowing the Bruins to play in transition — where the Bruins are extremely dangerous.

The Utes simply had no answer for Adams’ penetration and ball handling, finishing at or near the rim at every possibility. Adams is one of the best isolation players in the Pac-12 and he showed that off today giving the Bruins a huge home win.

The 6-foot-4 guard led all scorers with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting, going perfect on his trio of three-point attempts.

It was a two-point game at the half in favor of the Bruins until their huge 12-0 run to start the second half. It ended up being Adams vs. the Utes. Kyle Anderson, 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Norman Powell, 13 points and five rebounds, got theirs combining for 28 points on 12-of-19 shooting, but it was Adams’ success that made the Bruins dominate in a win.

The Utes have always struggled on the road this season and this game proved to reiterate that theory with the Bruins winning 80-66. UCLA (20-5, 9-3) now has 20 wins and sits nipping at the heels of the Arizona Wildcats for first place superiority.

John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII.

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