Top-Ranked UCLA Routs Long Beach State, 88-58

Nov. 29, 2006

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Josh Shipp scored a career-high 24 points, Arron Afflalo added 20 and UCLA defeated Long Beach State 88-58 Tuesday night in its first game as the nation's No. 1 team since 1995.

Fresh off winning the Maui Invitational last week, the Bruins (5-0) found themselves in a two-point game late in the first half of their first home game in two weeks.

But it wasn't long before they finished off the victory.

Freshman Russell Westbrook added a career-high 11 points and Darren Collison had.

The Bruins hit 13 3-pointers, led by Shipp's career-high six and Westbrook's 3-of-3 from long-range.

Sterling Byrd led Long Beach State (2-3) with career highs of 15 points and 16 rebounds.

The 49ers kept it close in the first half by controlling the boards, 25-14, shooting 47 percent from the floor and outscoring UCLA 20-8 in the paint.

UCLA led 41-36 at the break after blowing most of a 14-point lead, built on the strength of eight 3-pointers, including four by Shipp. After he hit back-to-back long-range baskets with five minutes remaining, the 49ers outscored the Bruins 16-7 to end the half.

But that was the last serious challenge the 49ers would mount.

The Bruins opened the second half on a 15-0 run that gave them a 56-35 lead and the rout was on.

Westbrook spelled Collison at point guard for a four-minute stretch and promptly hit three consecutive 3-pointers from the same spot in front of the Bruins' bench for a 67-45 lead.

UCLA has been No. 1 in 129 polls, a mark unequaled by any other school. The coach responsible for much of that dominance and 10 of the school's 11 national championships, 96-year-old John Wooden, watched approvingly from his usual seat behind the Bruins' bench.

Long Beach State guard Kejuan Johnson, who averages 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, didn't play because of a broken nose sustained in practice Nov. 22. He is expected to be out at least four weeks.

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