Saturday, March 23, 2013
UCLA's Adams Done For Season
UCLA's dreams of a long NCAA tournament run was severely damped last Friday when their second-highest scorer Jordan Adams broke a bone in his right foot.
The injury occurred on the final play of the Bruins' 66-64 victory over Arizona during the semi-finals of the Pac-12 Tournament. Adams was defending a game-tying shot by Wildcats forward Solomon Hill as time expired. The 6-foot-5 freshman guard didn't seem seriously injured as the final buzzer sounded, hobbling through the handshake line, then heading to the locker room for X-rays. Almost immediately it was announced that Adams had broken the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. No word on whether it is a Jones fracture, which could mean lengthy time off.
Adams' teammates went from an emotional high from their victory over Arizona, to an emotional low with the news of Adams' injury. Teammate point guard Larry Drew II had tears streaming down his face as he talked with reporters after the game.
"It's been hard for us all year, with the transfers and the little nagging injuries and now this," Drew II said. "It's tough. But there's something about this team. We find ways to make things happen when it seems like all is lost."
Adams, who scored 24 points in the win over Arizona, will be replaced by Norman Powell, who averages six points and two rebounds.
"I just know we've got tough guys out there- physically and mentally and psychologically. Norman Powell is a really great tough player," said freshman guard Kyle Anderson. "It's a terrible loss, but it's not as bad knowing that we've got him coming in to fill that spot.
"It's going to be tough to go without him, but it's all part of handling adversity, and that's something we've shown we're pretty good at."
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