Some bad news about a freshman cast a dark cloud over the grand re-opening of Pauley Pavilion. Another freshman made sure the mood inside didn’t sour.
Jordan Adams had the most impressive debut out of the Bruins’ heralded freshman class in a 86-59 win over Indiana State, putting up 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds.
The Bruins (1-0) looked sluggish in the first half, connecting on only 11 of 26 shots, but Adams was consistent throughout. He scored nine in the first half while grabbing a team-high six rebounds, then added a couple of 3-pointers in the second half while going on a personal scoring run.
Redshirt junior forward Travis Wear had 17 points and brother David Wear had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Kyle Anderson, also making his debut, had 10 points, four assists and nine rebounds.
Adams put on a show shortly after UCLA and the NCAA announced that Shabazz Muhammad was ruled to have violated amateurism rules. There is no timeline for his eligibility ruling. In a statement, UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said “UCLA will expeditiously pursue its options to challenge this determination.”
Compiled by Ryan Menezes, Bruin Sports senior staff