Washington State's Comeback Bid Falls Short Against UCLA, 63-61
Jan. 12, 2006
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arron Afflalo scored three of his 18 points in the final 28 seconds and No. 11 UCLA escaped with a 63-61 victory over Washington State on Thursday night for its 11th win in 12 games.
The Bruins (14-2, 4-1 Pac-10) beat the Cougars (9-4, 2-2) for the 48th time in 49 meetings in Los Angeles.
Josh Akognon, last week's Pac-10 player of the week, led Washington State with 25 points, all in the second half including a career-tying six 3-pointers.
Trailing by 17 points, the Cougars outscored UCLA 23-7 to close to 58-57 with 1:15 remaining. Akognon did most of the damage, scoring 14 straight points, including four 3-pointers.
Afflalo scored inside to keep UCLA ahead 60-57 before Akognon made two free throws to cut Washington State's deficit to a point.
UCLA's Darren Collison dribbled the length of the court for a layin, making it 62-59 with 19 seconds to go. Afflalo then fouled Akognon, who made both to trail 62-61.
The Cougars fouled Afflalo, who made the first and missed the second, giving Washington State another chance at the upset. But Kyle Weaver missed a layup at the buzzer.
UCLA won without sophomore forward Josh Shipp, who found out Tuesday that he'll miss the rest of the season because of continuing pain in his right hip.
He averaged 11.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in UCLA's first four Pac-10 games after missing the first 11 games because of hip surgery in September. Freshman Michael Roll scored 10 points starting in place of Shipp.
UCLA's injury woes were apparent before the game, when Shipp joined former starters Ryan Hollins, Cedric Bozeman and Michael Fey in street clothes on the bench.
Hollins has missed six straight games because of a strained groin; Bozeman has yet to play a conference game because of torn cartilage in his left shoulder; and Fey has missed six in a row with a sprained right ankle.
Even the Bruins who played aren't all healthy. Afflalo sustained a left hip pointer last week against Arizona State; Jordan Farmar has been slowed by a right ankle sprain; and Lorenzo Mata, who fractured his nose against Arizona State, went down with 3 minutes remaining. He appeared to injure his right knee.
UCLA built a double-digit lead midway through the first half on a 3-pointer by Farmar. By halftime, the Bruins were up 31-17.