10:05 PM ET, March 20, 2008
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Getting the ball stuck behind the backboard merely delayed the inevitable for Mississippi Valley State.Freshman Kevin Love scored 20 points and dislodged the trapped ball as top-seeded UCLA cruised to a 70-29 victory against the overmatched Delta Devils in the NCAA tournament on Thursday night."No mercy out there," Love said. "We didn't feel too bad for them."Seeking a third consecutive Final Four berth, the Bruins (32-3) advanced to a second-round West Region game against No. 9 Texas A&M (25-10), a 67-62 winner over BYU.UCLA's 11th consecutive victory was on a par with its other opening-round blowouts over the years, most recently identical 34-point wins over Belmont in 2006 and Charleston Southern in 1997."We had to come out and jump on them as much as possible," Love said. "We did a great job on the defensive end. It was a lot of fun."
A Devil Of A Time Scoring
Thursday was hardly a banner day for Mississippi Valley State sports. The Delta Devils set a record for futility in an NCAA tournament first-round game in a 70-29 loss to top-seeded UCLA. Additionally, with their 13-for-66 night from the field, Mississippi Valley State set a record for the worst shooting performance in an NCAA tournament game since 1985.
|2008||Miss. Valley St.||UCLA||19.7|
Elias SaysUCLA defeated Mississippi Valley State 70-29. That 41-point margin of victory was the second-largest for the Bruins in their history in an NCAA tournament game. UCLA beat Wyoming 109-60 in 1967, with Lew Alcindor scoring a game-high 29 points.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||13-66 (.197)||27-57 (.474)|
|3P Made-Attempted||1-14 (.071)||8-20 (.400)|
|FT Made-Attempted||2-6 (.333)||8-11 (.727)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||9 (0/0)||9 (0/0)|
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