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November 13, 2007
No. 2 UCLA takes care of Youngstown St.
LOS ANGELES - Kevin Love scored 21 points, Lorenzo Mata-Real added 14 points and 14 rebounds and No. 2 UCLA trounced Youngstown State 83-52 in the first round of the CBE Classic on Monday night.
The Bruins (2-0) extended their home winning streak to 22 games with their second blowout victory. Love just missed his second double-double, grabbing nine rebounds. He made his college debut with 22 points and 13 rebounds in a 21-point win over Portland State on Friday.
UCLA will play Division II Cal State-San Bernardino, which beat Weber State 71-59, in Tuesday's second round. The winner advances to the semifinals on Nov. 19 in Kansas City.
John Barber scored 12 points for Youngstown State (0-1), which had 23 turnovers playing against a Pac-10 team in California for the first time.
Mata-Real's double-double was the second of his career. He and Love were often in the lineup at the same time, and the two big men overpowered the Penguins.
Love showed off a variety of moves, stepping out to hit a 3-pointer, scoring down low and playing defense on the perimeter. He left with about 6 minutes remaining and had ice taped to both his knees on the bench.
The Penguins fell behind by 17 points in the first half. They quickly trailed by 30 after UCLA opened the second half with a 19-4 run. Mata twice scored off rebounds of missed free throws by Russell Westbrook in the spurt.
Westbrook made his second consecutive start in place of guard Darren Collison, who is recovering from a sprained left knee and won't play Tuesday. Westbrook had nine points and a career-high nine assists.
Without Collison running the offense, the Bruins committed 16 turnovers, two less than in their opener. But they outscored Youngstown State 18-6 in second-chance baskets.
The Penguins haven't beaten a ranked Division I team since La Salle in 1952, and they fell to 1-19 in such games. They went 14-17 last season, the school's most victories since 2000-01.
Former UCLA coach Steve Lavin was back at Pauley Pavilion in his job as analyst for ESPN2, which broadcast the game. The student section waved sticks with blowup photos of Lavin's face attached. He was fired in 2003 after seven seasons, paving the way for Ben Howland to take over.
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