There was a roll call, a familiar voice over the public address system and even the fan with blue hair heckling opponents when they shot free throws.
Good thing UCLA also remembered to pack Joshua Smith and Reeves Nelson for the start of its season-long show.
The interior duo helped the Bruins overcome a mostly ragged performance during an 80-72 exhibition victory over Cal State San Bernardino on Sunday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Smith's 26 points and seven rebounds were complemented by Nelson's 16 points, 10 rebounds and one commandment to his teammates.
"Get the ball to Josh!" Nelson yelled while coming out of the game during a substitution.
The Bruins complied, particularly during a stretch with about six minutes left in which guards Tyler Lamb and Lazeric Jones found the sophomore center underneath the basket on back-to-back possessions to sustain a 9-0 run that wiped out a two-point deficit.
"All the guys get it," UCLA Coach Ben Howland said. "Getting the ball to Josh is going to get a lot of good things for us."