No. 16 UCLA Rallies Past Coppin State, 69-57
Dec. 4, 2005
The Bruins (6-1) won their fifth straight at Pauley Pavilion, but needed another comeback to put away an inferior opponent. Last Tuesday, they blew all of a 19-point lead and trailed by one before closing out Albany 73-65.
The Eagles remained winless, falling to 0-6 for the first time since starting the 1999-2000 season. They are playing their first 14 games on the road, including a brutal December filled with stops at No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 12 Illinois, Pittsburgh, Michigan and No. 13 Michigan State.
Tywain McKee led Coppin State with 21 points and Augustine Woodlin added 12.
Trailing by three, the Bruins ran off seven straight points to take their first lead, 42-38, since early in the first half. Bozeman had four points and Afflalo added two free throws as UCLA went ahead for good.
Coppin State wasted five of its next six possessions on turnovers, while the Bruins put together a 25-10 spree that extended their lead to 60-48 with 4:23 remaining. Afflalo had six points in a row and Bozeman followed with a three-point play during one stretch.
UCLA point guard Jordan Farmar returned to the lineup with 16 points after missing Tuesday's game because of a sprained right ankle. Bozeman added 15 points and freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 11.
Helped by 60 percent field-goal shooting, the Eagles went on a 20-11 run, sparked by McKee's nine points and Woodlin's seven, to take their largest lead, 33-24. Farmar scored UCLA's final eight points of the half, when the Bruins trailed 35-30.
UCLA played without backup centers Lorenzo Mata and Michael Fey. Mata sustained a concussion in practice Thursday, when Fey sprained his right ankle. Freshman Ryan Wright started at center in place of Ryan Hollins, who had started the first five games.
UCLA freshman Alfred Aboya of Cameroon made his season debut after having surgeries on both knees in the preseason.
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