UCLA Topples DePaul, 72-54
Dec. 13, 2008
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Josh Shipp and Jrue Holiday scored 14 points each and No. 16 UCLA routed DePaul 72-54 in the John R. Wooden Classic doubleheader Saturday, giving coach Ben Howland his 300th career victory.
Darren Collison added 10 points and five assists and Nikola Dragovic had 10 points for the Bruins (6-2). Freshman walk-on Tyler Trepani, Wooden's great-grandson, got into a game for the first time this season with 1:29 remaining. He missed his only shot, a 3-pointer.
Howland improved his career mark to 300-146, including stints at Northern Arizona and Pittsburgh.
Mac Koshwal had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Demons (4-4) in the teams' first meeting on a neutral court since 1980, when the Bruins defeated DePaul in the NCAA tournament a year after the Blue Demons surprised UCLA to reach their only Final Four.
Dar Tucker, the Blue Demons' leading scorer, had 11 points after not starting for the first time this season because of 'attitude issues,' according to coach Jerry Wainwright.
DePaul got no closer than 13 points in the second half on a 3-pointer by Jeremiah Kelly with 10:22 remaining.
The Bruins quickly built their lead back to 20 on consecutive baskets by Shipp.
The Bruins outscored the Blue Demons 22-8 to end the half with a 35-19 lead - their largest. UCLA got balanced scoring, including 10 points from its bench in the spurt.
UCLA improved to 8-3 in 12 Wooden Classic appearances, including 8-0 as a ranked team.
Wooden watched the Bruins in person for the first time this season, albeit from a suite in a wheelchair instead of his usual seat among the fans. At 98, he doesn't get around as well since a fall in February broke his left wrist and collarbone.
A smiling Wooden waved both hands to acknowledge a prolonged standing ovation late in the game. He made a move to get up from his chair, but thought the better of it as the crowd laughed.
Wooden was wheeled onto the court to present the trophy to the Bruins.
Saint Mary's defeated San Diego State 67-64 in the opening game for the second consecutive year.