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UCLA starts with new pieces, and a 113-78 season-opening win
UCLA starts with new pieces, and a 113-78 season-opening win

For UCLA's men basketball team, an opener against such a team as Montana State is usually a matter of physics. The tip goes up — then it comes down, and the game is pretty much decided. UCLA dismissed the Bobcats, 113-78. A win was almost a given from the start, but drawing any larger conclusions from it would come too hastily. However, the way UCLA won has to be encouraging. Worries festered in the preseason about inexperience, the talent the Bruins lost (five contributors left to the NBA or graduation, an incoming recruit was declared ineligible and a transfer student was denied admission), and who, exactly, would be making up all the points. In its only open exhibition...

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