Delaware State no match for No. 18 UCLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- UCLA (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today; No. 19 AP) had heard about

Michigan State (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today; No. 4 AP) falling to Hawaii and No. 13 Stanford losing to UC


With their legs sore and their roster ravaged by injuries, the

Bruins knew a fast start and a solid defensive effort would be the

key to avoiding becoming the day's upset victim No. 3.

The Bruins (3-0) did both, using a 13-0 run to open the game and

propel them to a 56-37 win Saturday night over the Hornets (0-1).

The 37 points were the fewest allowed by the Bruins at home

since holding Oregon State to 35 on Jan. 7, 1966.

"I think it was very critical that we came out and jumped on

them early," said Cedric Bozeman, who scored a game-high 15

points. "There were a lot of upsets today and we didn't want to be

one of those teams."

Freshman reserve Michael Roll added nine points for the Bruins.

Delaware State (0-1) never recovered from its cold start. While

the Bruins made six of their first seven shots in the 13-point run,

the Hornets missed their first eight on the way to a 29.2-percent

shooting first half.

They shot 39 percent (16 of 41) for the game to UCLA's 57.1

percent (20 of 35).

"We came out and we had the right ideas. We pressured them,"

UCLA coach Ben Howland said after getting his 200th career win.

"It was a long week -- six straight days of practice and games, but

I am glad we finished the way we hoped to at 3-0."

Jahsha Bluntt scored 11 points to lead the Hornets. His

3-pointer with 13:39 remaining in the game pulled the Hornets to

within six, their closest margin of the second half, but UCLA

answered with a 6-0 run before a flurry of 3-pointers down the

stretch turned the game into a runaway.

Three of those late 3-pointers came from Roll and two from


The Bruins played without starting point guard and Wooden Award

candidate Jordan Farmar who had a sprained ankle, and center

Michael Fey, who started 27 of 29 games last season and was out

with a bruised shoulder.

Both were injured in Thursday's win over Temple and are listed

as day-to-day, though Howland said he is "confident" Farmar will

be able to start in the Bruins against Memphis on Wednesday.

The Bruins already were without forward Josh Shipp (hip surgery)

and Alfred Aboya (knee surgery). Shipp hopes to return in time for

the start of Pac-10 play; Aboya could resume practice Nov. 28.