UCLA defeats Shanghai Sharks, 92-63, to improve to 3-0 on China trip

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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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Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

UCLA cruises to 116-68 win in China exhibition

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UCLA might be without star freshman Shabazz Muhammad on its trip to China, but the Bruins were still dominating in their victory over Tsinghua University in an exhibition Saturday in Beijing.

Behind 20 points and 15 rebounds from forward David Wear, UCLA cruised to a 116-68 victory.

“A lot of guys stood out offensively, and I was really pleased with how we shared the ball,” head coach Ben Howland said in a release. “I thought the Wears played well, and I thought that Josh [Smith] did really well when he was in there and was a very difficult matchup for them.”

The Bruins were efficient with the basketball, turning it over just five times and finishing 50-of-77 from the floor for the game.

Six players finished with double-figure scoring outputs, including Norman Powell and Travis Wear each adding 19 points and freshman Kyle Anderson with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

The game against Tsinghua was the first on UCLA’s trip overseas. The Bruins play again Monday night against Shanghai Jiao Tong University before taking on the Shanghai Sharks, a professional team, Tuesday.

UCLA is coming off a 19-14 finish last season, but a top-level recruiting class, led by Muhammad, has the Bruins solidly in the discussion to be Pac-12 champions in 2012-13.

As the team tours China, Muhammad remains in the United States while the NCAA continues to investigate whether he received improper benefits during his recruitment.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_