No. 3 UCLA Cruises into Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals

March 13, 2008

UCLA-California Post Game Press Conference Video

Final Stats

LOS ANGELES (AP) - No. 3 UCLA buried California under a barrage of 3-pointers to start the second half on its way to an 88-66 victory in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals Thursday.

Darren Collison scored 19 points, Josh Shipp 18, and freshman Kevin Love had nine of his 11 in the second half after early foul trouble. UCLA (29-3) had its best 3-point shooting game of the season, hitting 14-of-25.

The top-seeded Bruins won their eighth in a row and advanced to Friday's semifinals against Southern California, which beat Arizona State 59-55. The rivals split in the regular season, with each winning on the other's floor.

Ryan Anderson scored 17 points and Patrick Christopher 12 to lead the ninth-seeded Golden Bears (16-15), who have lost eight of their last 10.

UCLA opened on a 16-4 run before DeVon Hardin's dunk - Cal's first field goal more than 7 1/2 minutes into the game - launched a 13-3 spurt that got the Bears within two. Anderson added five points.

But the Bears were derailed by 13 turnovers - 18 overall - that were instigated by a UCLA defense that produced eight steals.

The Bruins grabbed the momentum right back and rode it to a 39-25 halftime lead.

With Love playing just six minutes because of two fouls, Lorenzo Mata-Real produced the two biggest defensive plays of the half on huge blocks of Anderson and Christopher.

Love, the Pac-10 player and freshman of the year, returned to start the second half and made an immediate impact. He hit three consecutive 3-pointers and Shipp added another for a 51-33 lead.

Love has scored in double figures in all 32 games this season. He had seven rebounds and four assists, leaving to a standing ovation led by his parents, brother and sister sitting behind the Bruins' bench.

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vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
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Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
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Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
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Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
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Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
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Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
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Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
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Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
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Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
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at USC
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Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
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