Bruins Slip By UW In OT
Jan 11, 2004
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE - T.J. Cummings had 22 points and 11 rebounds and DijonThompson scored 13, including two free throws with 10.5 seconds remaining inovertime that lifted UCLA to an 86-84 win over Washington on Saturday night.
It was an exciting finish after the Bruins (8-3, 4-0 Pac-10) had control allnight. It seemed UCLA would coast to an easy victory until Washington (5-7,0-4) charged back in the final 3ï¿½ minutes.
After Thompson's free throws, the Huskies had a chance to force anotherovertime when Will Conroy drove and missed a layup as he bumped UCLA's RyanHollins in the lane. There was a tangle for the rebound, and officials called aheld ball.
That gave possession to Washington with 0.2 seconds on the clock. After atimeout, Conroy inbounded for a possible tip-in to Brandon Roy but the hornexpired when it touched his fingers.
Conroy led Washington with a season-high 29 points. He shot 9-of-15 and hadseven rebounds and five assists. Nate Robinson scored 18 points while Roy had16 for the scrappy Huskies, who have lost seven of nine.
The Bruins have dominated the series, taking their fifth straight victoryover Washington and 29 of the last 35 between the schools. But they had to earnthis one, and it easily could have swung the other way.
UCLA led 70-57 with 3:32 to play after Thompson scored twice and Ariza had athree-point play. But Conroy and Robinson each scored 10 points during a 12-2burst that pulled the Huskies to 72-71.
Tre Simmons got free under the hoop for an easy basket, and the Huskies led75-74 with 44.7 seconds to go. Ariza made one of two free throws to tie itagain, and Roy was called for an offensive foul when he drove.
Rubin was way off the mark on a runner that would have won it for UCLA atthe end of regulation.
The Bruins shot 56.7 percent from the floor in the first half, and it seemedlike enough to hold up the lead over the final 20 minutes.
The Huskies, though, made things interesting midway through the second half,using a 7-0 run to trim the margin to 52-42 with 11:08 to play when Jones brokefree through the lane for a big dunk.
Ariza answered with a pair of baskets and Cummings added a three-point playas the Bruins kept the lead at double digits until Conroy scored on consecutivepossessions to pull Washington to 59-51 with 7:36 remaining.
The Huskies made another run, cutting it to 63-56 on a steal and layup byCurtis Allen at the 4:40 mark.
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