Darren Collison scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half on a variety of daring drives to the basket, and No. 22 UCLA took sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 with a 72-68 victory over California on Saturday night.
Images from the 2008 2k Sports Classic, Southern Illinois at UCLA.
Alfred Aboya was one of only four Bruins to play in all 39 games, making 17 starts and playing 594 minutes (15.2 mpg) on the season ... he averaged 2.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.2 blocks and 0.5 steals per game ... he shot 50.5 percent (47-for-93) from the field (which was second on the squad) and 33.3 percent (1-for-3) from three-point range ... also shot 52.8 percent (19-for-36) from the free-throw line ... he earned 2008 second team Pac-10 All-Academic honors ... he scored a season-high eight points while going 4-for-4 from the floor in a win over Western Illinois (Dec. 18) ... he had a season-high six rebounds and added four points, one block and one steal in the Bruins' NCAA Tournament first-round victory over Mississippi Valley State (Mar. 20) ... he scored in 31 of the 39 games he played and grabbed at least one rebound in 31 of the 39 games as well ... hit his first and only three-pointer of his career in the Pac-10 opening win at No. 20 Stanford (Jan. 3) ... garnered the Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake Memorial Award for competitive spirit, inspiration and unselfish contributions at the team's annual postseason banquet.
Aboya played in 35 of the 36 games of the season, starting one (in a home win over No. 11 Arizona on Jan. 20, 2007) ... he suffered a left knee contusion at Washington State (Mar. 1), causing him to miss the Bruins' regular season finale at Washington (Mar. 3) ... he scored six points and grabbed six boards in 21 minutes against California (Mar. 8) in his first game back ... scored six points and hauled in a career-high 11 rebounds (six offensive) in his only start of the season in the home win over Arizona (Jan. 20) ... started against the Wildcats for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who was out with a sprained right knee ... tallied season-highs of 11 points and six offensive rebounds (nine total) at West Virginia (Feb. 10) ... registered nine points and six rebounds in the home win over USC (Feb. 7) ... also scored nine points and added four rebounds in the win over BYU (Nov. 15) ... tallied eight points and two rebounds in a win over Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 5) ... was poked in the eye during the Texas A&M (Dec. 9) contest and sustained an abrasion under his right eye lid, but did not miss any practices and had five points and four rebounds in the Bruins' next game, a win over Oakland (Dec. 16) ... scored five points and grabbed eight rebounds (six offensive) at Oregon (Jan. 6) ... tied his then-career high of eight rebounds for the third time at USC (Jan. 13) with a career-best six defensive boards ... had four points and eight rebounds at Cal (Jan. 25) ... totaled eight points and four boards at Washington State (Mar. 1) ... had four points and six boards vs. Kansas (Mar. 24) ... had nearly as many offensive rebounds (68) as he does defensive boards (79) on the year ... grabbed at least one rebound in every game except Indiana (March 17) ... recorded at least four rebounds in 16 of his last 21 games.
Played in 33 games as a freshman, starting twice ... averaged 3.6 ppg and 2.4 rpg ... in his first game of his collegiate career against Coppin State, he tallied two rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes ... played five minutes against Nevada and grabbed one rebound ... at Michigan, he scored two points and had one rebound in seven minutes ... had one of his best outings against Sacramento State in 14 minutes off the bench, with 12 points (6-for-7 from the field), two rebounds and one blocked shot ... played 20 minutes against California, with eight points (4-for-4 from the field) and three rebounds ... at Arizona, he had five points in seven minutes ... at Arizona State, he had two points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 15 minutes ... against Washington, he suffered a right knee injury in the first half and did not return; in seven minutes of that game, he had two points and two rebounds; an MRI revealed no new articular cartilage damage ... earned his first collegiate start against USC, tallying four points and three rebounds in 18 minutes ... also earned the start against West Virginia and collected four points, two rebounds and one steal in 10 minutes ... in 16 minutes off the bench at Oregon, he had two points and two rebounds ... in 12 minutes against Arizona State, he had one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block ... in 22 minutes versus Arizona, he had six points, a five rebounds, a game-best three steals and one assist ... at Washington State, he had four points and three rebounds in 15 minutes ... in a career-high 31 minutes at Washington, he contributed 15 points (perfect 6-for-6 from the field) and eight rebounds - both career highs - and one steal ... suffered a left hip flexor strain in practice on Feb. 16, but was able to play at USC; tallied four points, five rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes ... aggravated that injury in practice on Feb. 21, but played against Oregon State, collecting five points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 13 minutes ... in 17 minutes vs. Oregon State in the Pac-10 Tournament, he had five points, four rebounds and two assists ... in the Pac-10 Tourney win over Arizona, he had seven points, three rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes ... in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game against California, he had two points and one board in 12 minutes ... played 13 minutes vs. Belmont in the NCAA Tournament, his first true collegiate postseason game and had one point, four rebounds and one assist ... in the Bruins' NCAA Tournament win over Alabama, he had two points in 10 minutes ... registered two points, one rebound and one block in eight minutes in the win over Gonzaga ... in 13 minutes vs. Memphis, he had four points and two rebounds ... In 12 minutes vs. LSU, he had two blocks and one steal ... in 14 minutes vs. Florida, he had two points, three rebounds and one assist.
From the African republic of Cameroon, prepped at Tilton School in New Hampshire ... also played for the Cameroon National Team ... 2005 - Rivals.com No. 20 power forward and overall, Hoopmaster.com No. 81 and Rivals.com No. 83 ... Aboya led Tilton Prep to its second consecutive New Hampshire Class B State Championship appearance and an 18-11 overall record ... in a victory over Class A Champion Winchendon, Aboya scored a career-high 45 points, with 17 rebounds ... averaged 18.0 points and 12.0 rebounds a game ... 2005 Preseason Honors - Rated the No. 18 center in nation by Athlon ... Aboya's other preseason honors included Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American, Lindy's No. 89 player in the U. S., The Sporting News' No. 91, Scout.com No. 92 and Basketball News' No. 100 ... 2004 - As a junior, Aboya led Tilton Prep to the New Hampshire Class B State title ... averaged 22.0 points and 12.0 rebounds as an inside player for coach Scott Willard.
Full name: Alfred Aboya Baliaba ... right-handed ... born Jan. 2, 1985 in Yaounde, Cameroon ... Parents: Kedi Kofane Angele (mother) and Baliaba Aboya Casimir (father) ... one brother and three sisters ... he graduated in May of 2008 and is now in UCLA graduate school ... according to Aboya, "academically, UCLA is the perfect place for me" ... Political science major.