LOS ANGELES — Darren Collison scored 19 points, UCLA’s five touted freshmen provided offensive punch and the fourth-ranked Bruins opened their season with an 82-58 victory over Prairie View on Wednesday night in the first round of the 2K Sports Classic.
Freshman Jrue Holiday joined the starting lineup of Final Four veterans Collison, Josh Shipp, Alfred Aboya and James Keefe and scored 11 points in his college debut.
His fellow freshmen displayed deft scoring, too. Malcolm Lee added 12 points, Drew Gordon six, J’mison Morgan four and Jerime Anderson three.
The Bruins will play Miami (Ohio) tonight for a chance to advance to the semifinals at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Hansbrough ‘extremely doubtful’ for season opener
North Carolina coach Roy Williams said reigning national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough is “extremely doubtful” for Saturday’s season opener for the top-ranked Tar Heels.
In a statement from the school, Williams said the team will keep Hansbrough out of practice a little longer as he recovers from a stress reaction in his right shin. Hansbrough hasn’t practiced for two weeks with the injury, which can be a precursor to a stress fracture.
“It’s extremely doubtful that he would play against Pennsylvania, and I emphasize extremely doubtful,” Williams said. “We will continue to evaluate him and have more information when it becomes available.”
Hansbrough has played in all 108 games of his three-year career, though he missed Saturday’s exhibition win.