Shabazz Muhammad scored a career-high 25 points, Kyle Anderson had a career-best 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Jordan Adams added nine points and five rebounds on Saturday night in UCLA's third straight win.
"We're starting to get into the flow of the game more," said Muhammad, who has dropped weight recently. "I got to be free on the court. I felt like I could run all night. The extra weight I had was just making me tired. I'm starting to get a lot more confident. I was just enjoying myself tonight."
The Bruins (7-3) were playing their first game since winning by two points at Texas a week ago. Muhammad made all six of his free throws and hit three 3-pointers in UCLA's biggest margin of victory this season.
"He had his best practice of the season two days ago," coach Ben Howland said. "He's starting to get in better condition. He's improving. His shot looks really good and that's a plus for us."
After a 7-7 tie to start, the Bruins controlled the rest of the game, leading by 23 at halftime and doubling that advantage in the second half.
Ryan Gesiakowski made four 3-pointers in scoring 14 points, and Jourdan DeMuynck added 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers (5-6), who had their two-game winning streak snapped in losing for the fifth time in eight games.
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Muhammad scored seven of UCLA's first nine points. His layup snapped the 7-7 tie and launched the Bruins on a 39-16 run the rest of the half. Muhammad had eight points in the run, and Jordan Adams scored eight in a row as UCLA led 46-23.
Muhammad hit two 3-pointers and scored two more points in a 13-2 run that opened the second half and extended UCLA's lead to 59-25.
Larry Drew II, who had nine assists, and Anderson hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 76-42 lead. All of Anderson's rebounds came on the defensive glass.
The Bruins' struggle to perfect their man defense showed improvement as they held the Panthers to 34 percent shooting.
"Guys trusted one another," Anderson said. "We shared the ball really well. That confidence is going to lead over to practice the next day and the next game."
The Bruins scored 30 points off Prairie View's 18 turnovers and shot 56 percent from the field. They scored their second-most points of the season, trailing only the 100 they had in a win over James Madison.
"UCLA did a great job moving the ball and catching us in bad spots," Prairie View coach Byron Rimm II said. "We couldn't score in the post. Every basket we got, we had to work for, so we've got to get a lot better."
Prairie View's Josh Eleby was called for two flagrant fouls in the second half, with Adams and then Muhammad ending up on the floor as a result.
UCLA scored 11 unanswered points in the final 5:48 before Howland sat the rest of his starters.
The Bruins improved to 2-0 over Prairie View in the series, which began in 2008.