No. 18 Bruins Start Preseason With A Bang

Nov. 15, 2005

Box Score

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 23 points to lead 18th-ranked UCLA over New Mexico State 83-70 in a first-round Preseason NIT game Tuesday night.

The Bruins never trailed and maintained a double-digit lead most of the second half, with 10 players getting minutes, including three of the team's highly touted freshmen.

UCLA will host Temple in a second-round game Thursday night. The Owls advanced with a 69-37 victory over Army.

John Wooden, still a magnet for autograph seekers at 95, watched the Bruins win their season opener for the third straight year under coach Ben Howland.

Jordan Farmar had 14 of his 18 points in the second half and senior Cedric Bozeman added 13 points, slashing to the basket with abandon after missing all of last season because of knee surgery.

Elijah Ingram led New Mexico State with a career-high 22 points after not playing for more than 1 1/2 years because he transferred from St. John's. Shaun Davis added 15 points.

The Aggies lost their opener under new coach Reggie Theus, who grew up down the freeway in Inglewood and starred at UNLV and in the NBA. He took over a team that went 6-24 last season and has just two returning starters.

The Aggies outscored UCLA 12-5 to end the half trailing by seven.

Afflalo did most of his damage in the first half with 16 points, including hitting all five of his free throws.

The Bruins started the second half with an 18-10 run that increased their lead to 59-44. Afflalo ignited the spark with a 3-pointer before 7-footer Michael Fey ended it with a jumper.

Down the stretch, the Aggies couldn't muster any momentum against UCLA's defense. The Bruins ran off eight in a row for a 79-61 lead with 2:22 remaining.

UCLA freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute of Cameroon got his first start and fouled out in the final minute. Freshmen Darren Collison and Michael Roll also made solid contributions.

The Bruins are playing in the Preseason NIT for the first time since 1996, when they were upset by Tulsa in overtime of the opening round in Steve Lavin's first game after taking over from the fired Jim Harrick.

UCLA was without sophomore starter Josh Shipp, who is recovering from hip surgery and freshman Alfred Aboya, who had left knee surgery.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 77
Sunday, Dec 06
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 76
Saturday, Dec 12
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
W, 71 - 66
Tuesday, Dec 15
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
W, 89 - 80
Saturday, Dec 19
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
L, 76 - 89
Tuesday, Dec 22
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 67 - 53
Friday, Jan 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 93 - 96 (2OT)
Sunday, Jan 03
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 78 - 85
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 84
Saturday, Jan 09
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 74
Wednesday, Jan 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 75 - 89
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
W, 82 - 73
Saturday, Jan 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 72 - 86
Thursday, Jan 28
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 84 - 86
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 50
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
Friday, Feb 12
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 75 - 81
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 09 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, Mar 10 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 8:30 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Mar 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, Mar 15 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Four
Dayton, OH
Thursday, Mar 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Mar 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Thursday, Mar 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Mar 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Apr 02 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
Monday, Apr 04 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX