UCLA Rolls Past Western Illinois, 77-52

Dec. 18, 2007

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kevin Love made all of his shots in a 16-point performance and No. 8 UCLA rolled past Western Illinois 77-52 on Tuesday night.

The freshman was 5-of-5 from the field and the free throw line, hit his only 3-pointer and grabbed seven rebounds.

Darren Collison added 12 points and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 10 for the Bruins (10-1), who won their third straight since their only loss, Dec. 2 to Texas.

David Jackson and Jerryck Owens-Murray both scored 10 points for the Leathernecks (3-7), who have dropped five of six. They were playing for the first time in 10 days.

Lorenzo Mata-Real was the only UCLA player who didn't score in the first half, when the Bruins shot 62 percent from the field and made their first eight free throws.

Just as they did in a 40-point victory over Idaho State last weekend, the Bruins built a huge lead from the start and cruised. Collison, Josh Shipp, Michael Roll and Love each hit 3-pointers in a game-opening 28-7 spurt.

Proof that most everything went UCLA's way, another of Shipp's 3-pointers rolled around the rim before dropping in for a 37-13 lead. By halftime, the Bruins were ahead 42-19, helped by their own solid shooting and the Leathernecks' 12 turnovers that led to 14 points.

The second half was more of the same, minus the huge scoring runs the Bruins racked up early on. They finished the game shooting 53 percent and owning a 36-18 edge in the paint.

The Leathernecks shot 37 percent and committed 20 turnovers.

The only category UCLA didn't dominate was the boards as both teams grabbed 30 rebounds.

This win was easier than the only other time the schools played. Three years ago, UCLA won 75-60 in coach Ben Howland's second season, but the Leathernecks were down just six at halftime and trailed by four several times in the second half.

Jackson was a freshman who scored 12 points in that game, the first start of his career.

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