The first two days of the NCAA March Madness ended with UCLA easily taking care of Danny Manning's Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. Bruins win down in San Diego by a final score of 76-59.. Here is your box score.
Except for trailing in the early mins by a score 2-3 the Bruins were mostly in control in the first half. They led as much as by 7 points at one point when they went up by a score of 28-21. The Hurricanes tried to keep it somewhat close by going back and forth with the Bruins. At the end of the half Bruins were leading by a score of 35-30.
The Bruins stormed out of the locker room after the second half to go on an 10-0 run and push the lead up to 45-32. But not surprisingly they lost their focus a bit in the second half (it happened in the first half as well) as the Hurricanes went on a 9-0 run to close the gap to 52-57.
I guess some folks were little nervous at that point but the Bruins had such overwhelming talent advantage that there wasn't much to worry about. Jordan Adams, Norman Powell and co. answered by going on an 8-0 run to push the lead back up to 67-54, and the Bruins never looked back.
Adams led all Bruins in scoring with 21 points. He also had 8 rebounds (5 of them were offensive boards). Kyle Anderson had a typical game on the score-sheet with 8 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds. However, he few turnovers tonight as the refs called him for number of travels. Powell had a pretty explosive homecoming as he finished the night with 15 points. He was relentlessly attacking the rim all night. Tony Parker also had a solid night with 9 points and 5 rebounds.
Bruins now have an easy path to Steve-16 as they move on to take on Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks came from behind earlier this evening to beat Shaka Smart's VCU in overtime.
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