Thursday , Jan , 04 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Top-ranked Bruins on the road for the first time

Corvallis, OR (Sports Network) – The top-ranked UCLA Bruins play their first
true road game of the season tonight, as they take on the Oregon State
Beavers in Pac-10 play from the Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

Ben Howland’s squad has certainly looked the part of a national powerhouse
this season, knocking off all 13 opponents it has faced to date. In most
cases, the Bruins have been impressive, including last weekend’s 96-74 rout
of a good Washington team. With the victory, UCLA moved to 2-0 in Pac-10
play.

The Beavers will be facing their second straight ranked foe, after falling
to instate rival Oregon last Saturday, 76-73. The loss halted a brief two-
game win streak, leaving OSU at 8-6 overall and 0-1 in league play.

This is the 113th all-time meeting between these two programs, with UCLA
holding a huge 79-33 advantage. UCLA won all three meetings between these two
teams last season.

All-American candidate Arron Afflalo matched his career-high with 27 points,
leading the Bruins to an easier than expected win over the Washington Huskies
this past weekend. Afflalo was 11-of-15 from the floor and hit five three-
pointers in the win. Fellow guard Darren Collison was instrumental as well,
recording a double-double with 15 points and 12 assists. Michael Roll came off
the bench with a solid 15 points as well, while Josh Shipp tallied 13. In all,
the Bruins shot .597 from the floor, including a sizzling .724 (21-of-29) in
the second half. In addition, the team forced a whopping 22 turnovers and
cashed them in for 34 points. It has been a lot of the same in terms of season
stats. UCLA is shooting .507 from the floor this year and .413 from behind the
arc. It has all led to a healthy scoring average of 78.1 ppg. Afflalo is one
of the better shooters in the Pac-10 and currently leads this team in scoring
at 16.6 ppg, thanks to .417 shooting from long range (30-of-72). Shipp is next
in the scoring column at 14.5 ppg, followed by Collison and Luc Richard Mbah a
Moute with 13.2 and 10.1 ppg, respectively. Mbah a Moute leads the team in
rebounding (7.5 rpg), blocked shots (11) and steals (tied with Collison with
32).

The Beavers lack the offensive firepower to hang with UCLA in a shootout, with
the team averaging just 67.9 ppg this year. Three of the five starters are
currently in double figures, led by Marcel Jones’ 15.9 ppg. Sasa Cuic (12.8
ppg) and Josh Tarver (10.7 ppg) have been reliable at the offensive end as
well, but the scoring pool evaporates after that, with the most productive
player after that being Kyle Jeffers at just 6.5 ppg. Offensively, the team
cannot play much better than it did against Oregon, but still the Beavers lost
the game. All five starters finished in double figures for OSU, led by Jones’
double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Cuic also notched 16 points,
followed closely by Tarver’s 15. Wesley Washington added 11 points to the
cause, while Jeffers just missed his own double-double with 10 points and nine
boards. In all, Oregon State shot a solid .517 from the floor, including .609
in the first half. In addition, the Beavers won the battle on the boards
(32-30), outscored the Ducks in the paint (44-30) and netted 23 points off of
turnovers. However, it wasn’t enough to give Oregon its first loss of the
season.

OREGONST UCLA