No Upsets in BBall Openers
UCLA, A&M, Arkansas, Washington State, Stanford all handily take opponents down
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2007 6:39 AM CST
UCLA's Russell Westbrook steals the ball from Portland State's J.R. Moore during the first half of a basketball game Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The second-ranked UCLA men's basketball team made quick work of the Portland State Vikings last night, winning 69-48. The much-anticipated debut of Kevin Love helped the Bruins surge to a 36-17 halftime lead; Love ended up with 22 points and 13 rebounds, reports the AP. In other Top-25 openers:

  • No. 21 Stanford came within one point of doubling hapless Harvard's score, finishing 111-56.
  • McNeese State started strong but No. 16 Texas A&M came back to win 73-50.
  • No. 19 Arkansas bested Wofford 67-45 after failing to score for the first five minutes.
  • No. 10 Washington State trounced Eastern Washington 68-41.