No. 12 Bruins Extend Winning Streak to Seven Games
Dec. 24, 2005
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Aaron Afflalo scored 22 points to lead No. 12 UCLA to an 86-56 rout of Sacramento State on Friday night in the Bruins' final tuneup before next week's Pac-10 Conference opener.
Jordan Farmar had 15 points for the Bruins (10-1), who had four players in double figures while extending their winning streak to seven games. Their only loss was to Memphis in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 23. It's the school's best start since 1994-95, when the Bruins finished 32-1 and won the NCAA championship under Jim Harrick.
Coming off a 74-72 victory over unheralded Wagner College, the Bruins opened this one with an 18-2 run and were never seriously threatened in their first-ever meeting with Sacramento State (8-5). Half of UCLA's wins have come against schools that never faced them before this season, including Wagner, Albany, Drexel and Coppin State. All five of those games were at Pauley Pavilion, where the Bruins have won 10 straight.
Jason Harris scored 16 points for the Hornets, who are 1-26 against Pac-10 teams. The only victory was during the 1953-54 season, 45-44 over Washington State.
UCLA's swarming defense held Sacramento State to one field goal over the first 6:25 and blocked six shots in the opening half, while the Hornets shot 33 percent and didn't make a jumper until Clark Woods' 15-footer with 6:24 left before intermission.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute gave the Bruins their biggest lead of the first half against Sacramento State on a dunk that made it 36-17 with 5:38 left.
After shooting 19-for-27 over the first 20 minutes, UCLA opened the second half with a 9-0 run fueled by six points from Afflalo. His 16-footer increased the margin to 51-28 with 17:36 remaining, and the Hornets got no closer than 20 points the rest of the way.
The Bruins begin their conference schedule next Thursday against Stanford at Pauley Pavilion, and expect to have sophomore forward Josh Shipp back in the lineup for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right hip in September. UCLA tied for third in the Pac-10 last season at 11-7, finished 18-11 overall and made the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.
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