The UCLA Bruins beat the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes 76-59 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night. The Bruins have now won four in a row, and will meet the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks in the third round on Sunday. Tulsa remained in the game until late in the second half, but just could not keep pace with the Bruins, who continue to stay hot. The Bruins also had the advantage of playing in Southern California, as most of the fans in the crowd were wearing blue and gold.
The Bruins’ aggressive defense forced 16 turnovers in the game, as D’Andre Wright was the only player able to get anything going on offense for Tulsa. Only one other player managed to score in double digits, as each of the starters had at least two turnovers. They were unable to get into their offensive sets, and an early decision to run lead to poor transition on defense.
Four different players scored in double figures for the Bruins, who controlled the game despite an off night for Kyle Anderson. Jordan Adams lead the Bruins, scoring 21 points and grabbing eight rebounds. The Bruins seemed to be in control for most of the game, despite several runs by Tulsa to pull the game within reach. They had 11 steals, which lead to easy points, and were constantly disrupting Tulsa’s offense.
The Bruins showed tonight why they are a threat to emerge victorious from the South Region. This year, the Bruins have been known as a strong offensive team, often piling on the points with so much scoring talent on the team. However, similar to the Pac-12 tournament, the Bruins showed that they can play tough, aggressive defense, which will be needed to be successful in the NCAA tournament. Be on the lookout for the Bruins as they continue on through the tournament.