The UCLA have won their third straight game in China, defeating the professional Shanghai Sharks, 92-63, Tuesday morning.
For the Bruins, Travis Wear led the way and finished with 26 points and eight rebounds.
“This whole trip has been a great experience,” Wear said in a release. “I have never been to China, but to come out here and experience the culture – the way that we have been embraced has been awesome.
“We know that they are missing some players. But, they gave us a fight and it was an awesome experience being able to enjoy this camaraderie and the way that this community embraced us.”
Freshman Kyle Anderson tallied a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Anderson, a top-5 player from the Class of 2012 and New Jersey native, also added five assists while turning the ball over just once. After three exhibition games, he says he is beginning to understand fully the demands of basketball at the college level.
“I definitely learned that you have to play hard,” he said in a release. “There are no possessions off in college. Every time you are out there, you have to give your all. It all comes with being well-conditioned. You’ve just got to play hard every second that you’re out there.”
UCLA was missing perhaps its best player, 2012 recruit Shabazz Muhammad, who remained in the United States as the NCAA continues to investigate whether he took impermissible benefits during his recruitment.
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UCLA now heads back to the US and continues preparations for its season opener against Indiana State on Nov. 9.
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