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Archive for Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Love perfect as UCLA rolls

December 19, 2007

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— Kevin Love made all of his shots in a 16-point performance, and No. 8 UCLA rolled past Western Illinois, 77-52, on Tuesday night.

The freshman was 5-of-5 from the field and the free throw line, hit his only three-pointer and grabbed seven rebounds.

Darren Collison added 12 points, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 10 for the Bruins, who won their third straight since their only loss, Dec. 2 to Texas.

David Jackson and Jerryck Owens-Murrey both scored 10 points for the Leathernecks, who have dropped five of six. They were playing for the first time in 10 days.

Lorenzo Mata-Real was the only UCLA player who didn't score in the first half, when the Bruins shot 62 percent from the field and made their first eight free throws.

Just as they did in a 40-point victory over Idaho State last weekend, the Bruins built a huge lead from the start and cruised. Collison, Josh Shipp, Michael Roll and Love each hit three-pointers in a game-opening 28-7 spurt.

Proof that most everything went UCLA's way, another of Shipp's three-pointers rolled around the rim before dropping in for a 37-13 lead. By halftime, the Bruins were ahead 42-19.

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