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UCLA vs. UC Santa-Barbara final score: Bruins hold off stiff test from Gauchos, 89-76

Jordan Adams made sure the Bruins didn't have a big blemish on the resume on Tuesday night.

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Jordan Adams had 21 points as the UCLA Bruins held off an unexpectedly stiff test from the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in a 89-76 win on Tuesday night.

The final score isn't representative of how close Santa Barbara played UCLA. The Gauchos had the game tied at 65-65 with eight minutes left in the game thanks to hot shooting from the three-point line. UCLA would go on a 14-2 run to restore a bit of order in the world and avoid the upset.

The Bruins played a bizarre brand of defense, aggressively attacking the passing lanes and forcing 16 turnovers. But they also seemed stunned as Santa Barbara hit three-pointer after three-pointer to start the game. The Gauchos started the game hitting nine of their first 12 three-pointers. They would cool off, which helped UCLA take the lead as the Gauchos finished 13-for-26 beyond the arc.

Zach LaVine had 15 points for the Bruins and Norman Powell added 13. Kyle Anderson had another great night across the board, finishing with 21 points, six rebounds and nine assists.

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