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UCLA has strong finishing touch under Coach Jim Mora

UCLA has strong finishing touch under Coach Jim Mora
UCLA Coach Jim Mora watches the Bruins warm up before a game against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., on Sept. 25. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Under Coach Jim Mora, UCLA has a 20-0 record when leading at halftime

His response was predictable: "That's good. I like that."

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It's an impressive statistic.

"I always said halftime adjustments are overrated, because you make them throughout the course of the game after every series," Mora said.

But, Mora said, there is a difference at halftime.

"Halftime gives you a chance to draw it up on the board, have the players take a breath, really absorb what you're trying tell them," Mora said. "Coaches and players have a chance to come together in a less chaotic environment and think about what the adjustment is, and why we're doing it."

UCLA has outscored opponents, 522-362, in the second half during Mora's 31 games. The Bruins have been outscored in the second half seven times in those games.

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