Nov. 4, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Reeves Nelson recorded team-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds, connecting on 9-of-13 shots, to lead the UCLA men's basketball team past Westmont College, 95-59, in an exhibition game in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night.
Thursday's game marked the debut of heralded freshman center Joshua Smith, who collected nine points and four rebounds in the first half before exiting the game with a sprained right thumb.
UCLA never trailed against Westmont, using an 11-0 scoring run to open a 16-5 lead with 15:44 to play in the first half. The Bruins' lead swelled to as many as 29 points by halftime, when UCLA entered intermission with a 54-25 advantage. Nelson led the Bruins with 12 points in the first half.
Sophomore Preston Branson led Westmont with 16 points, and senior Dan Rasp registered 14 points and five rebounds for the Warriors.
UCLA scored 36 points off Westmont's 25 turnovers and held the visiting Warriors to 31.6 percent shooting (18-57) from the field.
The Bruins play their second and final exhibition contest against Cal State Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Game time at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion is slated for 7:30 p.m.