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“I think at the end we were all a little more comfortable and I was just trying to gel with teammates and get used to the system,” Muhammad said. “I’m looking for us to get better as a team and myself as a player.”

Jordan Adams had 22 points to extend his UCLA record of a freshman scoring 20 or more points in every game to start his career.

Travis Wear added 12 points and eight rebounds for UCLA.

The Bruins played the last 12:13 without starting forward and Travis’ twin David Wear who appeared to injure his back when he crashed hard to the court as he tried to defend a layup by Lubick. Wear remained on the bench the rest of the game but was in obvious discomfort.

“David Wear’s back is really sore right now from the fall he took,” Howland said.

The Hoyas seemed to get the best of the physical play despite being outrebounded 40-31 by the Bruins. The Hoyas finished with eight blocks while UCLA had four.

“They’re huge,” Thompson said. “We just wanted to do what we do and limit them.”

UCLA had scored at least 80 points in its first three games.