SAN DIEGO — Jordan Adams had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Norman Powell scored 15 points in his hometown to lead fourth-seeded UCLA to a 76-59 victory over 13th-seeded Tulsa on Friday night, spoiling the NCAA tournament head coaching debut of Danny Manning.
UCLA (27-8) advances to Sunday’s third round in the South region against 12th-seeded Stephen F. Austin, which upset No. 5 VCU 77-75 in overtime.
In his first year at Westwood, Steve Alford coached the Bruins to just their third win in the NCAA tournament since 2009. It came in the city where John Wooden won the last of his 10 national championships, in 1975.
Tulsa (21-13) had its 11-game winning streak snapped. Manning led Kansas to the 1988 title and won another championship as a Jayhawks assistant coach six years ago.
The Golden Hurricane got close twice in the second half, and each time, Adams and Powell — who played at San Diego’s Lincoln High — led big UCLA surges.
Adams and Powell combined for UCLA’s first 12 points of the second half.
After D’Andre Wright had a tip-in on the first possession of the second half to pull Tulsa to 35-32, Adams hit a 3-pointer and then converted a three-point play, rebounding his own miss and getting fouled by James Woodard. Tulsa’s Tim Peete had a turnover and Adams fed Powell for a slam dunk. Powell then made a layup for a 45-32 lead.
Wright made a bank shot to end UCLA’s 10-0 run but Adams answered with a jump-hook to make it 47-34.
Tulsa eventually closed to 57-52 before UCLA pulled away again, on a jumper by Bryce Alford, a layup by Parker and a three-point play by Powell for a 64-54 lead with 4:11 left.
In the final minutes, Adams hit a 3-pointer and Powell revved up the crowd with a slam dunk.
UCLA took its biggest lead of the first half, 26-17, on a three-point play by Tony Parker after he was fouled making a bank shot.
Tulsa then went on a 13-4 run capped by two big plays by Woodard, who hit a 3-pointer and on the next possession dribbled down the court for a slam dunk and a 30-30 tie with 1:38 left.
Woodard started the run with two free throws and Wright scored Tulsa’s next six points, on a slam dunk and two jumpers.
UCLA regained control when Kyle Anderson converted a three-point play and Adams made two free throws for a 35-30 halftime lead.