Dec. 17, 2011
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Joshua Smith recorded his first double-double of the season, scoring a team-high 18 points and collecting 10 rebounds, to lead the UCLA men's basketball team past UC Davis, 82-39, at Honda Center on Saturday afternoon.
UCLA's 43-point win over the Aggies (1-9) marked the team's largest margin of victory since a 51-point victory against Wyoming (113-62) on Dec. 23, 2008.
"We played extremely hard defensively, especially in the first 20 minutes," UCLA head coach Ben Howland said. "We held them to 19 percent shooting in the first half, and the zone was good again today."
UCLA led from the start, staking a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes. The Bruins held the visiting Aggies scoreless through the first 6:24. A jump shot from Eddie Miller at the 14:36 mark put UC Davis on the board, cutting UCLA's margin to 10-2.
The Bruins pushed their cushion to as many as 35 points in the first half, securing a 43-8 lead after a free throw shot from Jerime Anderson with 2:27 to play before intermission.
Leading 11-4 with 13:46 remaining in the first half, the Bruins used an 18-0 scoring run over the game's next 5:08 to command a 29-4 advantage.
UCLA led UC Davis at halftime, 43-15. The Bruins' 28-point cushion at the break marked the team's largest halftime lead since since Nov. 29, 2008, when the Bruins led Florida International by 33 points (46-13) after the first half.
"I tried to be aggressive today, especially when I saw the double teams coming slowly," said Smith, who led UCLA with 12 points in the first half. "I felt great out there, much different from the first game [of the season]. I played 21 minutes, but felt like I could have gone for 10 more."
David Wear registered 11 of his 15 points in the first half, making five of six shots before halftime.
"We also did a better job on the boards with 50 total rebounds, especially [Norman] Powell, who got 10," Howland said. "Tyler Lamb had a great game for us also and added strong defense. Anthony Stover's five blocks really energized us, and we'll find a way to get him more minutes."
Tyler Les had a team-high nine points UC Davis, a team that has lost six straight contests and played for the first time since a 74-61 loss at Hawaii on Sunday.
UCLA returns to action against UC Irvine on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Game time at the Los Angeles Sports Arena is slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday's game will be televised live by Fox Sports Prime Ticket.