Dec. 23, 2008
LOS ANGELES (AP)--Michael Roll scored 18 of his career-high 25 points in the first half, and No. 13 UCLA overwhelmed outmanned Wyoming 113-62 on Tuesday night for its fifth straight victory.
Roll, a 6-foot-5 junior making his second start in place of the injured Josh Shipp, surpassed his previous career high of 17 points by making the fourth of his five 3-pointers with 3 seconds left in the half, giving the Bruins a 59-34 lead.
Shipp, a senior who has started 110 games in his career, is sidelined with a sprained ligament in his left thumb, but it hasn't hurt the Bruins (9-2). Roll filled in with 16 points in a 76-59 victory over Mercer last Saturday night in his first start in almost two years.
Roll was 9-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, before coming out of the game for good with 6:57 remaining. He was 6-of-7, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, against Mercer.
Darren Collison added 19 points and seven assists for UCLA, while freshman Malcolm Lee scored a career-high 16 points, freshman Drew Gordon had career-highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds and Alfred Aboya added 12 points.
Sean Ogirri led Wyoming (9-2) with 14 points--all in the first half. Tyson Johnson added 11 points and Brandon Ewing and Mikhail Linskens had 10 each for the Cowboys, whose 9-1 start was their best since they won 11 of their first 12 games in 1990-91.
But they entered having played a soft schedule, beating Cal State Bakersfield, Prairie View A&M, Johnson & Wales, Texas State, Denver, Loyola Marymount, Northern Iowa, Western State and Sacramento State and losing to Boise State.
UCLA shot 61.2 percent to Wyoming's 54.8 percent, and the Bruins forced Wyoming into a season-high 29 turnovers while committing only 10.
The Cowboys certainly weren't intimidated at the beginning of their first game against a ranked team this season, making their first seven shots for a 16-12 lead. Ogirri had eight points on two 3-pointers and another basket.
That only seemed to make UCLA angry. Roll scored six points and Collison and Gordon added four each during a 20-5 run that gave the Bruins a 32-21 lead, and they led the rest of the way.
It was 32-25 when the Bruins broke the game open, outscoring the Cowboys 27-9 to finish the first half for their 25-point lead. Roll made three 3-pointers for nine points, Lee added eight and Collison had six during the run.
UCLA shot 21-of-33 (63.6 percent) in the first half including 8-of-12 from 3-point range. Wyoming went 13-of-25 including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, but the Cowboys were 6-of-18 after their hot start.
The Bruins' domination continued at the beginning of the second half, with Roll scoring the first five points and Aboya the next three to make it 67-34.