Nov. 10, 2007
LOS ANGELES (AP) -Kevin Love had 22 points and 13 rebounds in his college debut, helping No. 2 UCLA dominate Portland State 69-48 on Friday night, its fifth consecutive season-opening win under coach Ben Howland.
Love was out to impress from the opening tip. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound freshman scored on consecutive dunks that had him flying off the rim and the fans oohing at Pauley Pavilion.
Then he whipped an outlet pass the length of the court to Russell Westbrook, who scored to give the Bruins an 18-2 lead. They leaped up and bumped chests as a timeout was called.
Love showed his versatility by hitting a 3-pointer. Later, he was knocked to the floor on a hard foul by Julius Thomas, but got up and made one of two free throws. Love swatted away a shot in the second half, sending the ball out to midcourt.
The freshman scored seven straight points in the second half, including five free throws, for UCLA's largest lead, 51-27. He finished 6-of-8 from the field, 9-of-11 from the line, had three assists and no fouls.
Josh Shipp added 18 points for the Bruins (1-0), who are coming off consecutive Final Four appearances. Westbrook had 10 points.
Jeremiah Dominguez was the only Portland State player in double figures with 11 points, all but two on 3-pointers. Six players, including Dominguez, had three or more fouls.
The Vikings (0-1), who had 22 turnovers, fell to 4-37 against Pac-10 teams.
The Bruins improved to 16-1 in November under Howland. They played without preseason All-American guard Darren Collison, who has a sprained left knee and watched from the bench dressed in street clothes.
UCLA extended its home winning streak to 21 games.