UCLA Rallies To Upset No. 12 Washington, 95-86

Jan. 9, 2005

By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dijon Thompson scored 29 points and UCLA rallied from a21-point first-half deficit to upset No. 12 Washington 95-86 Saturday night,snapping the Huskies' nine-game winning streak.

Fans chanted 'overrated' in the final 9 seconds of UCLA's first victoryover a ranked team since the Bruins beat 18th-ranked California in 2003, SteveLavin's final season.

Nate Robinson led the Huskies with 21 points before fouling out with 20seconds left. Tre Simmons added 19 points.

The Huskies (13-2, 3-1 Pac-10) extended their futility at Pauley Pavilion,where they are 2-40 since the building opened in 1965. They haven't won theresince 1987, a stretch of 19 games. They were trying to sweep in Los Angeles forthe first time since 1987, after beating Southern California 84-59 Thursday.

The Bruins (9-3, 3-1) won their third in a row and staged their seconddramatic comeback in three days. They needed two overtimes to beat WashingtonState 80-77 Thursday.

Thompson equaled his career high set Dec. 18 against Michigan. BrianMorrison scored 19 points off the bench, including eight in the final 3:51 whenthe game was tied.

Neither team led by more than four points over the final eight minutes.Simmons tied the game for the last time at 85-all. Morrison answered with fourstraight points for an 89-85 lead.

Freshman Jordan Farmar fouled Robinson with 1:03 to play, but he missed thefirst free throw. He made the second to pull Washington within three at 89-86.

Farmar missed on the ensuing position, but freshman Lorenzo Mata grabbed therebound and scored with 27 seconds to go for a 91-86 lead. Robinson committedhis fifth foul against Morrison, who made one of two free throws, thenWashington's Bobby Jones lost the ball through his legs as the final secondsticked down.

Washington opened the second half with a 13-9 run, including six points bySimmons, to stretch its lead to 65-51.

But the Bruins rallied with a dominating offensive stretch to tie the gameat 72-all with 8:40 remaining. They outscored Washington 21-7, including eightpoints by Thompson, who tied it with a 3-pointer. The Bruins started the runwith 11 straight points, during which Morrison hit a 3-pointer and added a dunkon a fast break.

The Huskies twice led by 21 points in the first half before the Bruins cuttheir deficit to 52-42 at the break. Washington shot 67 percent in the first 20minutes, when the Huskies began the game with a 30-9 run.

The Bruins recovered slightly with the help of freshmen Arron Afflalo, JoshShipp and Farmar, who combined to score 23 points in the final 9 minutes of thehalf.

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