November 13, 2007

UCLA puts away YSU 83-52

The Bruins did what good teams do. They put away an opponent that wasn't as good. They did so the UCLA way, with solid defense and rebounding. The Bruins held the Penguins to an icy 39.2 shooting percentage from the floor, forced 23 turnovers and outrebounded them 49 to 30 propelling UCLA to an 83-52 rout over Youngstown State.

The win will enable UCLA to advance past the first round of the CBE Classic and will play Division II Cal State San Bernardino.

It was a solid game by the Bruins though there is still room for improvement. UCLA was a little sloppy in the first half turning the ball over 11 times, but still had a commanding lead of 44-29.

The Bruins came out smoking in the second half and went off on a 19-4 run and never looked back. They even emptied their bench with four minutes left in the game.

True freshman Kevin Love led all scorers with 21 points. The very impressive Love also had nine rebounds two steals and a blocked shot on the night. Love is fast becoming a fan favorite and has thus far lived up to his hype.

Senior big man Lorenzo Mata-Real also had a good night recording a double-double. In 25 minutes of play, Mata-Real chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds as he displayed a very good presence in the low post.

Sophomore point guard Russell Westbrook also had a nice game and was much more careful with the basketball this game. In his first outing replacing injured point guard Darren Collison, Westbrook had six turnovers to his five assists.

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