Powell, Adams carry UCLA to easy hoops win over James Madison
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Norman Powell fired a career-best 27 markers and Jordan Adams poured 16 of his 25 points in the first half at UCLA cruised to an easy 100-70 victory over James Madison Thursday for its third win in as many games at Pauley Pavilion.
Powell shot 10-for-14 from the field, four from beyond the arc, while Adams buried four of his six attempts from three-point range to help the Bruins beat the Dukes for the first time and at the same time, keep their record unblemished after three games.
Adam became the first freshman in Bruins’ history to tally 20-plus points in his first three games after scoring 21 against Indiana State and 26 against UC Irvine.
Adams also extended his free throw shooting streak to 23 after going 7-for-7 against the Dukes.
Tony Parker added 12, Joshua Smith had 11 and David Wear scored 10 for the Bruins, who will next face Georgetown Monday as part of the Legends Classic.
The Bruins also got significant contributions from Larry Drew, who issued 12 assists, while freshman Kyle Anderson pulled down 12 caroms.
Rayshawn Goins tallied 24 points and seven boards while AJ Davis added 16 for the Dukes (0-1), who slipped to 0-4 against top-25 teams in season openers.
The Bruins’ reserves outscored their Dukes’ counterparts, 48-18, and shot better from the field, 59 percent compared to JMU’s 42.9 percent.
Adams buried a three-pointer with one minute left in the first half to double JMU’s output, 59-29 before Larry Drew scored four straight points to give the Bruins a 63-29 lead at the break.
The Bruins shot an outstanding 67.6 percent from the field and 6-for-7 from three-point range in the first half while the Dukes were limited to 34.3 percent shooting from the floor.
In the second half, the Dukes fared better from the field, shooting 53.6 percent to outscore the Bruins, 41-37.