NEW YORK — UCLA is sitting right outside the Top 25, an impressive spot for a team run by a sophomore playing point guard for the first time.
“He’s been terrific for us at the point,” first-year UCLA coach Steve Alford said of 6-foot-9 Kyle Anderson. “He had a couple of turnovers he wished he had back, but again he almost had a triple-double. We knew right from the beginning we wanted him at the point.”
Anderson had what has become for him a usual stat line in an 80-63 loss to No. 8 Duke on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. He had 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists — and six turnovers.
He entered the game averaging 13.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists. According to UCLA, that’s the closest any Division I player is to averaging a triple-double.
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“We just didn’t go on our run in the second half. We didn’t make a conscious effort to go on our run,” said Anderson, who is from nearby Fairview, N.J. “We have to get better with that. They handled business on the defensive end and we didn’t.”
Duke freshman Jabari Parker had 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in his own solid all-around performance. He has scored at least 20 points in nine of his 11 college games.
Parker hit a big three and had an impressive dunk during Duke’s 16-4 run that broke open a tie game in the second half.
The Blue Devils (9-2) poked and prodded UCLA’s 2-3 zone from the perimeter, making 11 three-pointers in a season-high 32 attempts from beyond the arc.
Rodney Hood and Quinn Cook both had 14 points for the Blue Devils.
David Wear led the Bruins (9-2) with 16 points.
At No. 1 Arizona 69, Southern 43
Aaron Gordon scored 21 points, Nick Johnson added 17 and Arizona opened its second week at No. 1 with a rout of Southern (3-8). Brandon Ashley had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (12-0).
At Utah 69, Texas State 50
Brandon Taylor scored 18 points while Jordan Loveridge chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Utah (10-1) over Texas State (3-8).
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At No. 2 Duke 80, Albany 51
Haley Peters scored 17 points to help Duke (11-1) beat Albany (8-2).