MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – UCLA starting junior center Lorenzo Mata limped toward the team bus. He wore a heavy jacket to combat the frigid temperatures and had an ice bag taped to his left hip. Bruins sophomore starting point guard Darren Collison sported a similar ice bag on his left shoulder, then explained why he didn’t play in No. 2 UCLA’s 70-65 loss to West Virginia on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum. With Collison out, freshman Russell Westbrook played a career-high 32 minutes. He went 1 of 11 from the field and scored four points. With Mata out, seldom-used sophomore center Ryan Wright saw action. Backup sophomore center Alfred Aboya played 26 minutes. “I want to play every game, but the best thing is to try and stay healthy for the near future,” Collison said. “I’m going to continue to do my rehab and treatment. I think the best thing was to stay out for this game.” Collison injured his shoulder in the second half Wednesday against USC. He tried to warm up Saturday but was scratched before the game. Mata said he awakened with a sore hip. It loosened up during pregame warumps, but tightened during the first half. Both players talked about heading back to UCLA to be treated for their injuries, and neither knew if they would be ready for this week’s trip to Arizona State and Arizona. The absence of both players put pressure on UCLA’s youth. West Virginia has a notoriously volatile crowd, led by the student section. During a mid-week game against rival Pittsburgh, the crowd taunted Panthers center Aaron Gray by chanting a term that is derogatory toward gay men. So, 80 minutes before Saturday’s tip-off, Mountaineers coach John Beilein addressed the students. He told them the school has made positive strides in changing its reputation the past few years and asked them to represent the school in a positive fashion. When the Bruins took the court for pregame layups, there was a quick chant of “U-S-A, U-S-A,” an obvious reference to a UCLA team with four foreigners. Alfred Aboya and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute are from Cameroon, Ryan Wright is from Canada and Nikola Dragovic hails from Serbia. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!