No. 12 UCLA Defeats Cal State Northridge, 85-67

Dec. 7, 2008

LOS ANGELES, Cali. (AP) - Josh Shipp scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half and No. 12 UCLA defeated Cal State Northridge 85-67 Sunday night.

Freshman Jrue Holiday added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Darren Collison had 14 points and six assists for the Bruins (5-2), who were coming off a four-point loss at No. 8 Texas on Thursday in which they shot 39 percent.

This time, UCLA shot 58 percent in a sloppy game that featured a combined 42 turnovers for the two teams.

Tremaine Townsend scored a career-high 23 points for the Matadors (1-6). Kenny Daniels had 13 points and six rebounds.

Northridge ended its longest road trip in 15 years with an 0-6 record, losing at Stanford, Cal State Bakersfield, New Mexico, Rider, Drexel and UCLA, located 15 miles from its campus.

Coach Ben Howland used 11 players, including all of his five freshmen, and they put the game away in the first half.

The Bruins built a 22-point lead with a 24-6 run midway through the first half. Shipp scored the first seven points and Nikola Dragovic's layin finished it off with UCLA ahead 37-15 and most of the starters on the bench.

The Matadors closed the half with a 12-4 spurt to trail 41-27 at the break.

UCLA quickly stretched its lead to 23 points early in the second half, helped by consecutive 3-pointers from Collison and another by Holiday.

Northridge's only run of the half, a 9-2 spurt, got the Matadors within 15 points with 13 minutes remaining. But the Bruins picked up where they left off, scoring seven in a row to extend their lead to 67-45. Soon, they earned their largest lead of 23 points on a basket by Alfred Aboya.

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