Thursday, November 06, 2008

UCLA vs. Biola - Exhibition Game Preview

By Bruin Basketball Report

UCLA looks to further refine its game when it hosts Biola University on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion in the team's second and last exhibition of the season.

The Bruins easily beat Cal Baptist on Monday, 86-58. senior Josh Shipp scored a game-high 20 points on 7 of 8 shooting and junior Nikola Dragovic chipped in 13. Freshman sensation Jrue Holiday played a solid all-around game recording 12 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 6 steals.

Against Cal Baptist, the Bruins did most of their damage from the perimeter and did not show much offensive production nor dominate in the low post. Alfred Aboya, James Keefe, J'mison Morgan, and Drew Gordon combined for just 7 of 18 shooting and 16 points, and all of this against a small outmatched Cal Baptist team. One bright spot was J'mison Morgan who did flex his muscles down low grabbing a game-high 9 rebounds.

The Biola Eagles finished 17-14 last season in the Golden State Athletic Conference of NAIA Division I, the same conference as Cal Baptist. Biola is located just down south in La Mirada, California.

The Eagles return three solid senior starters from last year's team.

Forward Rocky Hampton (Sr, 6'9) is the top returning scorer and rebounder. He averaged 12.4 points and 8.2 rebounds. Guards Marlon King (Sr, 5'9) and Danny Campbell (Sr, 6'4) form a formidable duo in the back court.

It will be the first game of the season for Biola.

UCLA opens regular season action next week in the 2K Sports Classic on Wednesday when it faces Praire View A&M in the first round followed by a second round game on Thursday. If the Bruins win both games and a semifinal game the following week then it may set up a potential epic championship game match-up in Madison Square Garden against Duke.

Look for Bruin Basketball Report's (BBR) Annual Season Preview next Monday.

Game Information
UCLA vs. Biola
Date: Friday, Nov. 7, 2008
Time: 7:30PM PT
Place: Pauley Pavilion
TV: None
Internet: CSTV
Radio: None



At Nov 6, 2008, 6:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biola by -32.

At Nov 6, 2008, 10:39:00 PM, Anonymous jw said...

Bruins by 74

At Nov 6, 2008, 11:42:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

nail biter
party is at Acapulco b4 the game

At Nov 7, 2008, 10:05:00 AM, Anonymous Robwash said...


At Nov 7, 2008, 2:12:00 PM, Anonymous jojoenglish said...

According to, "UCLA forward Nikola Dragovic was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of battery on a person he co-habitated with, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Dragovic, 20, was not at UCLA's exhibition basketball game against Biola, and LAPD spokesperson April Harding believed that he was still in jail and had not posted $20,000 bail.
"He was arrested at 4:20 p.m. today in the 3,200 block of Overland," Harding said. "He ended a relationship with his ex-girlfriend, and he went back to the apartment to retrieve his belongings. They were thrown on the front porch and an argument erupted. He became angry and pushed her down to the floor."
A spokesman for UCLA said coach Ben Howland would address the arrest after the game.
"We haven't had a chance to look at the facts," Marc Dellins, associate athletic director for sports information. "We just found out about an hour ago, so until we have all the information, we can't make any decisions.""

At Nov 7, 2008, 2:27:00 PM, Anonymous jojoenglish said...

Please don't post entire articles. Post link to article instead.


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