UCLA Too Much for Yale, 81-47
Nov. 23, 2007
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook had 15 points apiece and No. 2 UCLA breezed past Yale 81-47 on Friday night to remain unbeaten.
The already-hobbled Bruins had a pair of scares when Love and starting center Alfred Aboya left the floor with injuries. The freshman star Love, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, limped to the locker room with his left shoe off with just over seven minutes to play, but ran back into the gym and waved to the crowd during a break and took his seat back on the bench with 3:45 to go.
And in the first half, Bruins starting center Alfred Aboya took an elbow to the left eye. He experienced blurred vision and was taken to UCLA medical center.
Luc-Richard Mbah a Moute had 14 points for the Bruins (6-0), who won their 24th straight at home. Josh Shipp added 12 points and Lorenzo Mata-Real had 12 rebounds.
Yale (1-3) had players that matched Love's 6-foot-10 height, but none that came close to his bulk, and he overpowered the Bulldogs underneath the basket, managing most of his early points on dunks.
Yale was able to score from the outside on UCLA early, with 3-pointers from Nick Holmes and Alex Zampier tying the game at 17.
But a long jumper from Love and a burst of defensive energy spurred a 16-1 run for UCLA that included 3-pointers from Shipp and a steal and dunk from Westbrook that gave the Bruins a 33-18 halftime lead.
Love went 4-for-5 from the field and had nine points in the first half.