VIDEO: Alford after Utah

Steve Alford talks about Jordan Adams' shooting and the play of the bench in UCLA's 80-66 victory over Utah on Saturday...

Steve Alford:

Opening statement:
I'm extremely pleased with our guys. We took it to another level today. I really liked our intensity for about 32 minutes, defensively. We showed enormous progress there. We made it really difficult for Utah. We came out strong at halftime again. We are really starting to develop something there. Neither team came out strong out of the gates to start the game, but we did a good job defensively to start the second half and went on a 10-0 scoring run. That is what really gave us the separation.

On Jordan Adams:
Jordan was terrific. He really moved well. He did a good job moving without the basketball. Sometimes he gets in a hurry, but he got in good rhythm tonight. He took really good shots, and he was strong defensively for us.

On UCLA's scoring attack:
Kyle Anderson was great with another double-double. Dave and Travis Wear have really been doing what they need to do. The bench was great, and Tony Parker gave us good minutes in the second half. This team loves it, they compete and they want to win. We have really good trust. They trust each other. We haven't been hurried and haven't rushed into bad shots and bad passes. Utah is a really great shooting team, and we held them to around 40 percent shooting.

On improvement down the stretch:
If we can continue to improve defensively as the season goes on, we have a legitimate shot at winning some big ball games. We have a very difficult road trip, and we have a lot of work ahead of us. As we draw closer and closer to March, we're just trying to become a better basketball team.

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