LOS ANGELES (AP) -- UCLA (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today; No. 19 AP) had heard about
Michigan State (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today; No. 4 AP) falling to Hawaii and No. 13 Stanford losing to UC
With their legs sore and their roster ravaged by injuries, the
Bruins knew a fast start and a solid defensive effort would be the
key to avoiding becoming the day's upset victim No. 3.
The Bruins (3-0) did both, using a 13-0 run to open the game and
propel them to a 56-37 win Saturday night over the Hornets (0-1).
The 37 points were the fewest allowed by the Bruins at home
since holding Oregon State to 35 on Jan. 7, 1966.
"I think it was very critical that we came out and jumped on
them early," said Cedric Bozeman, who scored a game-high 15
points. "There were a lot of upsets today and we didn't want to be
one of those teams."
Freshman reserve Michael Roll added nine points for the Bruins.
Delaware State (0-1) never recovered from its cold start. While
the Bruins made six of their first seven shots in the 13-point run,
the Hornets missed their first eight on the way to a 29.2-percent
shooting first half.
They shot 39 percent (16 of 41) for the game to UCLA's 57.1
percent (20 of 35).
"We came out and we had the right ideas. We pressured them,"
UCLA coach Ben Howland said after getting his 200th career win.
"It was a long week -- six straight days of practice and games, but
I am glad we finished the way we hoped to at 3-0."
Jahsha Bluntt scored 11 points to lead the Hornets. His
3-pointer with 13:39 remaining in the game pulled the Hornets to
within six, their closest margin of the second half, but UCLA
answered with a 6-0 run before a flurry of 3-pointers down the
stretch turned the game into a runaway.
Three of those late 3-pointers came from Roll and two from
The Bruins played without starting point guard and Wooden Award
candidate Jordan Farmar who had a sprained ankle, and center
Michael Fey, who started 27 of 29 games last season and was out
with a bruised shoulder.
Both were injured in Thursday's win over Temple and are listed
as day-to-day, though Howland said he is "confident" Farmar will
be able to start in the Bruins against Memphis on Wednesday.