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The Bruins Top Louisiana Tech, 78-55
By: UCLA Athletics

Dec. 28, 2008

Final Stats

LOS ANGELES (AP) -Josh Shipp returned from a two-game absence to score 16 points, and No. 13 UCLA never trailed in beating outmanned Louisiana Tech 78-55 Sunday.

Freshman guard Jrue Holiday added 12 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and five assists. Alfred Aboya had 12 points and six rebounds, and freshman Jerime Anderson scored a career-high 11 points for the Bruins (10-2), who took a 20-point halftime lead in breezing to their sixth straight victory. They have won those six games by an average of 26.3 points.

Shipp missed one-sided victories over Mercer and Wyoming with a sprained ligament in his left thumb. The 6-foot-5 senior shot 6-of-8 in UCLA's first game against Louisiana Tech before leaving for good with 8:05 left.

Shipp's return sent Michael Roll back to the bench. Roll, who scored 41 points in the two games Shipp missed, including a career-high 25 against Wyoming, had five points and five rebounds in a reserve role, shooting 2-of-7. He shot 15-for-22, including 9-of-12 from 3-point range, in UCLA's previous two games.

Darren Collison, who brought a team-leading 15.5-point scoring average into the game, scored only two points but had a season-high 10 assists.

The Bruins played without freshman guard Malcolm Lee, who injured his left knee in practice Friday. Lee, who scored a career-high 16 points in the Wyoming game, will be re-examined Monday.

Magnum Rolle led Louisiana Tech (6-7) with a career-high 17 points and seven rebounds. Kyle Gibson added 11 points for the Bulldogs, who shot just 36.8 percent and committed 21 turnovers to UCLA's 13. The Bruins shot 46.8 percent.

Anderson matched his previous career high with eight points, Aboya added six, and UCLA forced seven turnovers in taking a 22-8 lead in the opening 10 1/2 minutes.

The right-handed Shipp showed his left thumb was just fine a few minutes later, driving the lane for two left-handed dunks. He later added two free throws to cap an 11-0 run that made it 33-12.

Gibson's 3-pointer with 2:38 left in the half ended a 5 1/2-minute Louisiana Tech scoring drought, but the Bulldogs trailed 37-17 at halftime. The Bulldogs shot just 24.1 percent to UCLA's 45.5 percent in the opening 20 minutes and committed 11 turnovers to five for the Bruins.

Shipp made two baskets during a 15-5 run to start the second half, giving the Bruins a 30-point lead, and Louisiana Tech didn't threaten after that.

The Bruins return to action Friday night at Oregon State in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. The Bulldogs play their next game Saturday night at San Jose State in their Western Athletic Conference opener.

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