Sacramento guard Mikh McKinney falls after losing possession of the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:22 am
Sacramento State loses 86-50 to No. 22 UCLA
By BETH HARRISAP Sports Writer
The junior responded in a big way playing not far from his Huntington Beach, Calif., hometown, but it wasn't enough to help Sacramento State in an 86-50 loss to No. 22 UCLA on Monday night.
Garrity scored 18 points - all on a career-high six 3-pointers - to lead Sacramento State (1-2).
"That's my role on the team, to be aggressive, to look to shoot the ball," Garrity said. "Playing in Pauley Pavilion is a lot of fun. It's brand new, it's a good time, but we didn't get the win so I'm not happy."
The Hornets, of the Big Sky Conference, fell to 0-13 against ranked opponents since joining Division I in 1991-92, and 3-36 all-time against Pac-12 schools.
"He was the best of us," Katz said about Garrity. "We're excited about his performance."
Jordan Adams scored 21 points, including seven straight during a 14-0 second-half run. He's led the Bruins (3-0) in scoring in each of their games after breaking his foot to end last season.
Zach LaVine and Norman Powell added 14 points each, David Wear had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Tony Parker scored 10 points. Kyle Anderson had a career-high eight assists and Adams had a career-best eight steals in the first of three games for the Bruins this week.
The Bruins were without starter Travis Wear, although coach Steve Alford said he will return for Friday's game against Morehead State after being out since having an appendectomy on Oct. 28.
Also out were freshman Waanah Bail, who has yet to be cleared for game action, and reserve Noah Allen. He had surgery last week for fractures to his face after getting hit going for a loose ball in the closing seconds against Oakland. Alford said Bail may possibly play next week.
Bryce Alford played 24 minutes, with seven points and five assists, despite a virus. His brother Kory joined him in the final minutes. They are the coach's sons.
The Bruins led 45-29 when they put together the game's biggest run. They outscored the Hornets 27-6, including a 14-0 run, to extend their lead to 72-35.
"We were trying to stop the penetration, but they lobbed the ball over us and we had to do a better job of keeping them in front of us," Katz said. "When they lob over us, it's not a good deal."
Six UCLA players scored in the spurt, including eight points by LaVine, whose dunk enlivened the announced crowd of 5,489 at Pauley Pavilion. Adams' seven straight points came on a 3-pointer and two layups, including one off his own steal. Anderson added five points.
"It's obvious that UCLA will be a good team this year," Katz said. "They are a team that can explode and they did. They have a lot of weapons, and when Adams got going the way he was shooting it was going to be a long night for us."
UCLA didn't commit a foul until nearly 10 minutes into the game.
The Bruins easily exceeded their 81.5-point scoring average while holding the Hornets to 34 percent shooting. Sacramento State had 18 turnovers.
UCLA had 10 turnovers and 19 assists.
The Bruins used a 16-6 run to end the first half leading 36-23.
The Hornets led by one point and tied the game once early on before UCLA gradually pulled away to a 14-point lead. The Hornets never made it to the free throw line, where the Bruins were 12 of 18 and five times missed hitting the front end of a 1-and-1.