UCLA Drains 11 3-Pointers, Rout LMU 75-44

Dec. 17, 2008

Box Score

For video of Ben Howland's post-game press conference, click here

LOS ANGELES (AP)-- Reserve Michael Roll scored 12 points, hitting four of UCLA's season-high 11 3-pointers, and the 14th-ranked Bruins routed winless Loyola Marymount 75-44 on Wednesday night.

Darren Collison added 11 points for the Bruins (7-2), who have won three straight since a four-point loss at Texas on Dec. 4.

LaRon Armstead scored a career-high 18 points for the Lions (0-11), off to their worst start since 1979-80 when they lost their first 20 games.

The Bruins were favored by 30 1/2 points against a team that is without first-year coach Bill Bayno and has just seven scholarship players, including three freshmen starters. Bayno is taking a leave of absence because of what he said is "a serious medical condition" related to job stress.

UCLA, on the other hand, used 14 players, with the regulars getting plenty of rest in the second half. In the final 5 minutes, the Bruins owned a 29-point lead, making coach Ben Howland comfortable enough to put some rarely seen faces on the court.

Loyola trailed by 15 points at halftime before things got away from the Lions. UCLA opened the second half on a 20-8 run, with Collison scoring seven straight points and Roll hitting his fourth 3-pointer, to extend the Bruins' lead to 59-32.

The Lions had just five field goals in the second half, and their 44 points were a season low by a UCLA opponent.

UCLA dominated the boards 48-34 with James Keefe and freshman Drew Gordon snagging eight each.

The Bruins led 39-24 at halftime despite shooting 35 percent from the field to Loyola's 33 percent. UCLA opened the game on a 29-16 run, including four consecutive 3-pointers, three by Roll.

In that stretch, Armstead scored 10 straight points for the Lions.

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