Second Half Surge Not Enough for UCLA Against No. 12 West Virginia
Jan. 21, 2006
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mike Gansey scored 24 points and No. 12 West Virginia survived a furious rally to beat No. 18 UCLA 60-56 Saturday for its 12th straight victory.
The Mountaineers (14-3) led by 20 points early in the second half, but saw their lead shrink to three in the final 2 minutes.
The Bruins (15-4) missed 3-pointers by Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar, then Farmar had the ball stripped by Gansey, who got fouled and hit a free throw before time expired.
Farmar scored 22 points for UCLA, which outscored the Mountaineers 29-13 over the final 14:43. Afflalo was held to four points. Ryan Hollins and Darren Collison added 11 points each.
Kevin Pittsnogle, whose wife is expecting their first child on Feb. 1, added eight points - well off his 20.6 average. He had six of West Virginia's first eight points of the second half, extending its lead to 47-27.
Then came UCLA's rally.
Revived by Farmar's scoring, the Bruins used a 21-7 run to close within six points with 8:01 remaining. He scored nine points - on a 3-pointer, two free throws, a reverse layup and a driving layup - and Collison added eight points to ignite the crowd.
The Mountaineers went nearly 10 minutes without a field goal until Gansey hit his third 3-pointer of the game to end the drought at 4:48.
Afflalo made his first field goal of the game, Farmar hit two free throws and Hollins scored on Gansey's goaltending call to get to 59-54 with 4:09 remaining.
Farmar missed a long jumper, but Hollins dunked to get UCLA to 59-56 with 2:26 left. But the Bruins came up empty on Afflalo's and Farmar's 3-point attempts.
The Bruins started the game with a 9-5 lead, then got outscored 25-7 to trail 30-16. Patrick Beilein and Gansey had eight points each in the spurt.
West Virginia mixed up its defense, using a 2-3 zone and man-to-man to confuse the Bruins, who staggered through a sequence of misses and turnovers.
The Mountaineers kept it up, closing the half on a 9-3 run to lead 39-22. They shot 57 percent from the floor to UCLA's six field goals - or 26 percent.
West Virginia leads the series 2-1. The Mountaineers won the first meeting in 1959 - led by Jerry West's 30 points and 16 rebounds. The Hall of Famer and Memphis Grizzlies president was at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday.
John Wooden coached the Bruins in that loss, and was at the helm in 1968 when they beat West Virginia behind Lew Alcindor's 19 points and 10 rebounds. Wooden, 95, sat in his usual spot behind UCLA's bench Saturday.