Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/20/12
With his collegiate debut out of the way, it was time for another first for UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad. The freshman made his first career start for the Bruins as they concluded their trip to Brooklyn for the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic. Muhammad started in place of David Wear who injured his back in Monday's loss against Georgetown. Ben Howland's most prized recruit in 2012 took advantage of an increased role finishing with a game-high 21 points in the No. 11 Bruins 60-56 win over Georgia (1-4) in the third place game of the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic. With the win the Bruins will return to Los Angeles after going 1-1 in Brooklyn. 14 of Muhammad's 21 points came in the second half. It was a half UCLA (4-1) dominated with their defense. After struggling defensively as the Bulldogs got the ball inside against the Bruins man-to-man defense, Howland switched to a 2-3 zone late in the first half. That slowed the Bulldogs down and in the second half, they came to a halt, connecting on just 31 percent of their field goals. Georgia was forced to become a jump shooting team and they couldn't hit. UCLA outscored Georgia 35-26 in the second half. The Bulldogs made 10 second half field goals, which was actually more than UCLA. The Bruins only made nine field goals in the second half but they went to the free throw line 22 times, making 16 of them. On the night, the Bruins were 20-of-30 from the free throw line. Georgia was just six-of-10. The Bruins, Muhammad especially, were able to catch the ball deep for easy buckets or be in a position to draw a foul. In the second half, Sherrard Brantley missed a jumper, it was rebounded by Kyle Anderson. The 6'9" freshman got the ball up the court and in transition made a superb 35-foot bounce pass underneath to Muhammad for an easy basket plus the foul. Muhammad missed the free throw but Anderson was there for the offensive rebound and was fouled on his way up. Muhammad was eight-of-11 from the free throw line. Anderson finished with nine points, nine rebounds, and two assists after being held scoreless the night before. Jordan Adams' streak of four consecutive 20-point games to start his career came to an end. Adams finished with four points on one-of-six shooting. His first basket of the game came with 3:39 left to give UCLA a 53-49 lead. Adams was able to make both of his free throws extending his consecutive free throws streak to 32. The UCLA record is 43, set by Darren Collison. The Bruins will return to the new Pauley Pavilion on Sunday to host Cal Poly at 7pm.
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