NEW YORK “”mdash; The highly anticipated debut of UCLA freshman forward Shabazz Muhammad went by without much fanfare, as the No. 11 Bruins trail the Georgetown Hoyas 31-29 at halftime of their Legends Classic semifinal game at Barclays Center.
Muhammad ““ who was declared eligible to play last week when UCLA won an appeals hearing with the NCAA ““ made good on his first collegiate shot attempt, a mid-range jump shot, but missed his next four shots before finishing the half with an easy dunk.
Redshirt junior forward Travis Wear leads the Bruins in scoring with nine points, while Georgetown junior forward Markel Starks leads all scorers with 13.
UCLA fell into an early 10-2 hole and looked out of sorts in the presence of Georgetown’s full-court pressure. The eight-point advantage was the Hoyas’ largest lead of the game, but didn’t last long. The Bruins then went on a 6-0 run thanks to three consecutive jump shots by the Wear twins.
Compiled by Sam Strong, Bruins Sports senior staff