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No. 21 UCLA routs Fort Wayne 96-71 to open 100th season

LOS ANGELES (AP) Throw it to Mo and watch him work.

That could be UCLA's strategy in a nutshell this season with 7-foot-1 Moses Brown patrolling the paint.

The freshman from Queens, New York, had a double-double with 19 points and 17 rebounds in his collegiate debut and the 21st-ranked Bruins routed Fort Wayne 96-71 on Tuesday night to open their 100th season of basketball.

Standing 7-foot-1 - an inch shorter than Bruins great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Brown impacted in other ways, too. He assisted on UCLA's first two baskets, had a block and a steal, and generally disrupted things down low. He shot 9 of 10 from the floor.

''We got Mo that dunks everything,'' said Kris Wilkes, who led the Bruins with a career-high 27 points. ''It's pretty good when you get to the paint you have nowhere else to go and you throw it up to Mo.''

At times, though, Brown also played like a freshman when he traveled on consecutive possessions, earned a technical foul for slapping the backboard after a dunk and had four of the Bruins' 15 turnovers.

''I've been waiting for this all summer, marking it down day by day and finally got out and did it,'' Brown said. ''I kind of had a little bit of butterflies going in, but I shook it off by the second half.''

John Konchar led F with 27 points.

UCLA led 48-31 at halftime after shooting 58 percent from the floor and controlling the boards 24-14. Wilkes had 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting at the break.

Brown got a technical after dunking for the Bruins' first basket of the second half. He grabbed a long rebound and fought through two defenders to get to the basket.

UCLA used a 12-0 run to build its largest lead at 78-50 with seven minutes left in the game. Brown scored six points and had another dunk, and Wilkes hit a 3-pointer in the spurt.

''Give credit to them,'' Fort Wayne coach Jon Coffman said, ''but some of that was us.''

Jaylen Hands added 18 points and seven assists and Chris Smith had 13 points and eight rebounds for UCLA. Wilkes had 10 rebounds to help the Bruins dominate the boards 52-28.

Fort Wayne missed its first seven shots and got outscored 13-2 to start the game in front of 5,931 at Pauley Pavilion.

''It was a really great atmosphere,'' Konchar said. ''So much history in this building.''

BIG PICTURE

Fort Wayne: The Mastodons continue a challenging nonconference schedule on Nov. 11 at Ohio State and Nov. 16 at Dayton. They were picked to finish fourth in the Summit League, two years after winning the regular-season title.

UCLA: The Bruins' first serious test of the season comes Nov. 22 against No. 10 Michigan State in the Las Vegas Invitational. Until then, they have three games against far lesser foes to prepare for the national spotlight. UCLA starts four underclassmen since it has no seniors on the roster for the first time since 2010. The Bruins are without three potential impact players: freshmen Shareef O'Neal and Tyger Campbell and redshirt freshman Cody Riley. O'Neal (heart ailment) and Campbell (torn left ACL) will miss the season, while Riley is out at least three weeks with an injured jaw.

FIRST FROSH CLUB

Brown became the first UCLA freshman with a double-double in his debut since Nov. 11, 2016. That's when TJ Leaf had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Lonzo Ball had 19 points and 11 assists in UCLA's 119-80 win over Pacific. Kevin Love had 22 points and 13 rebounds in his debut in 2007.

BACKBOARD SLAP

Brown's slap after his dunk earned him a seat on the bench.

''A New York habit,'' UCLA coach Steve Alford said.

Brown says he does it a lot at practice over Alford's objections.

UP NEXT

Fort Wayne: Hosts Earlham on Thursday, barely 48 hours after traveling 1,800 miles home from the West Coast.

UCLA: Hosts Long Beach State on Friday in the second of four straight home games to open the season.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 1 Jarred Godfrey made 2nd of 2 free throws 8.0
+ 1 Jarred Godfrey made 2nd of 2 free throws 8.0
  Jarred Godfrey missed 1st of 2 free throws 8.0
  Personal foul on Chris Smith 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Cameron Benford 11.0
  David Singleton missed layup 13.0
  Defensive rebound by Armani Dodson 31.0
  Dee Montgomery missed 2nd of 2 free throws 31.0
  Dee Montgomery missed 2nd of 2 free throws 31.0
  Dee Montgomery missed 1st of 2 free throws 31.0
  Personal foul on Kenneth Nwuba 31.0
Team Stats
Points 71 96
Field Goals 26-71 (36.6%) 40-74 (54.1%)
3-Pointers 9-37 (24.3%) 8-25 (32.0%)
Free Throws 10-17 (58.8%) 8-17 (47.1%)
Total Rebounds 28 52
Offensive 6 12
Defensive 21 37
Team 1 3
Assists 17 22
Steals 6 8
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 12 15
Fouls 17 15
Technicals 0 1
25 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST
27 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Mastodons 0-1 314071
home team logo 21 Bruins 1-0 484896
Team Stats
away team logo Mastodons 0-1 82.7 PPG 36.5 RPG 15.9 APG
home team logo 21 Bruins 1-0 78.2 PPG 44.2 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
55
J. Konchar G 19.5 PPG 8.5 RPG 5.4 APG 54.6 FG%
13
K. Wilkes G 17.4 PPG 4.8 RPG 1.7 APG 43.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Konchar G 25 PTS 8 REB 6 AST
K. Wilkes G 27 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
36.6 FG% 54.1
24.3 3PT FG% 32.0
58.8 FT% 47.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Konchar 25 8 6 11/18 1/3 2/2 3 37 0 0 6 3 5
M. Holba 12 3 3 4/9 3/7 1/3 3 28 1 0 1 1 2
K. Harrell 11 1 0 5/13 1/6 0/1 4 23 1 0 1 0 1
M. DeBerry 6 3 1 2/5 2/5 0/0 0 27 0 0 1 0 3
D. Carl 0 4 2 0/8 0/4 0/0 3 26 2 1 0 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Konchar 25 8 6 11/18 1/3 2/2 3 37 0 0 6 3 5
M. Holba 12 3 3 4/9 3/7 1/3 3 28 1 0 1 1 2
K. Harrell 11 1 0 5/13 1/6 0/1 4 23 1 0 1 0 1
M. DeBerry 6 3 1 2/5 2/5 0/0 0 27 0 0 1 0 3
D. Carl 0 4 2 0/8 0/4 0/0 3 26 2 1 0 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Godfrey 7 2 0 0/9 0/6 7/8 1 19 1 0 1 1 1
M. Weir 5 1 5 2/4 1/3 0/0 1 12 1 0 1 0 1
D. Montgomery 3 3 0 1/4 1/3 0/2 0 16 0 0 1 0 3
C. Benford 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/1 2 12 0 0 0 1 1
B. Patrick - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Harvey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Grundy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Inkumsah - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Rollins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Burt Jr - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 27 17 26/71 9/37 10/17 17 200 6 1 12 6 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wilkes 27 10 3 11/19 3/7 2/2 0 33 1 0 2 1 9
M. Brown 19 17 2 9/10 0/0 1/4 3 28 1 1 4 7 10
J. Hands 18 3 7 8/17 2/6 0/1 1 32 2 2 2 0 3
J. Hill 6 7 2 3/3 0/0 0/0 2 23 0 0 0 2 5
P. Ali 4 1 1 1/7 0/6 2/4 0 22 0 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wilkes 27 10 3 11/19 3/7 2/2 0 33 1 0 2 1 9
M. Brown 19 17 2 9/10 0/0 1/4 3 28 1 1 4 7 10
J. Hands 18 3 7 8/17 2/6 0/1 1 32 2 2 2 0 3
J. Hill 6 7 2 3/3 0/0 0/0 2 23 0 0 0 2 5
P. Ali 4 1 1 1/7 0/6 2/4 0 22 0 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Smith 13 8 2 4/7 3/3 2/4 2 23 0 1 3 2 6
J. Bernard 5 1 3 2/7 0/2 1/2 2 15 3 0 1 0 1
D. Singleton 4 1 0 2/4 0/1 0/0 2 16 1 0 1 0 1
A. Dodson 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
K. Nwuba 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0
A. Olesinski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Riley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Campbell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. O'Neal - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 96 49 22 40/74 8/25 8/17 15 198 8 4 15 12 37