Nov. 6, 2004
LOS ANGELES - In UCLA's first exhibition game of the season, the Bruins defeated Simon Fraser University 97-48 on Friday before 5,096 in Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins had four players in double figures-led by freshman point guard Jordan Farmar's game-high tying19 points and seven assists, along with 13 points each from senior Dijon Thompson (with seven rebounds) and freshman Josh Shipp. Senior Brian Morrison, playing backup point guard for the Bruins, added 11 points, a game-high tying eight rebounds and a game-high nine assists.
SFU, located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, with 14:47 left in the first half, on a basket by Melvyn Mayott. UCLA took the lead for good, and never looked back, when Thompson's tipin gave the Bruins an 11-10 advantage. UCLA led 45-23 at halftime and outscored SFU 52-25 in the second half.
"We played hard defensively," said Bruin head coach Ben Howland. "We were passionate on the defensive end. Offensively, we pushed the ball- we were unselfish. We scored 97 points in 36 minutes-we really didn't score in the first four minutes."
The Bruins shot 56.1 (37-66) from the field, 40.0 (10-125) from three-point range and 68.4 (13-19) from the foul line, with a game-high 53 rebounds, 23 assists and 15 turnovers. SFU shot 28.1 (16-57) from the field, 14.3 (3-21) from three-point range and 65.0 (13-20) from the foul line, with 25 rebounds, five assists and 15 turnovers. Simon Fraser was led by Aaron Christensen's 19 points and Brent Charleton's 16.
Both teams were short-handed. Earlier in the day, the Bruins learned that senior point guard Cedric Bozeman would be lost for the season with a right knee torn anterior cruciate ligament, suffered in practice on Thursday. He will have surgery sometime in November.
This week, two of Simon Fraser's top players - 6-6 sophomore Sean Stewart and 6-11 senior center Mike Klizs, left the program. Since last summer, five players have transferred out of SFU. Simon Fraser head coach Scott Clark did not accompany the team to Los Angeles.
The Bruins will continue exhibition play on Thursday, Nov. 11, hosting Monterrey Tech (Mexico) at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. Simon Fraser, 2-8 overall and losers of its last five games, will play at UC Irvine on Saturday (Nov. 6).