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COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY REPORT / UCLA

Lavin Glad For Rough Spots

November 22, 1998|DAVID WHARTON

The Bruins may have struggled some in their season-opening 89-76 victory over Santa Clara on Thursday, but Coach Steve Lavin would like to think they learned something for their troubles.

"If we would have had a blowout, we wouldn't get anything out of it, especially with a young team," he said. "We need games like this early in the season to prepare us."

Lavin praised Santa Clara's deliberate offense. He went so far as to compare the Broncos--in style, at least--to Pacific 10 Conference teams Stanford, Washington and Oregon.

"[Santa Clara] plays a very physical style," Lavin said. "That physicality allowed them to stay in the game."

The coach got no argument from freshman Jerome Moiso. In his first college game, Moiso had an impressive 16 points and seven rebounds, but seemed taken aback by the pushing and shoving in the paint during the first few minutes.

"At the beginning, they started banging," he said. "I know what to expect now."

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