No. 14 UCLA Defeats Arizona at Home, 84-73
Feb. 4, 2006
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 27 points and No. 14 UCLA survived a second-half drought to beat Arizona 84-73 on Saturday, the Bruins' first win at home against the Wildcats in four years.
The Bruins (19-4, 9-2) increased their lead in the Pac-10 to two games over California and Stanford, which played later Saturday.
The victory was salve for a UCLA program that had been battered by huge losses to the Wildcats in recent years, including 35- and 36-point defeats in 2002-03, Steve Lavin's final season as coach.
The Bruins lost by 25 and 24 points in coach Ben Howland's first season two years ago. Last month, UCLA won in Tucson 85-79, its first win there in nine years.
Besides Afflalo, whose previous best was 23 against Stanford on Dec. 29, four of UCLA's starters were in double figures. Jordan Farmar had 13 points, Ryan Hollins 12 and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 11.
Arizona (13-9, 6-5) dropped its third straight conference game for the first time since February 1984, coach Lute Olson's first season in Tucson. The Wildcats fell to 1-5 against ranked opponents this season.
Hassan Adams led Arizona with 19 points, while Kirk Walters added 14 and Ivan Radenovic 13.
As dominant as the Bruins were in leading by 20 in the first half, they saw Arizona hammer away in the second half and reduce a 24-point deficit to seven.
UCLA scored the first eight points of the second half before Arizona ran off 12 in a row as part of a 24-7 run. Adams was a big part of the Wildcats' resurgence, scoring 10 in the spurt that got them to 65-58 with 7:43 remaining.
That's when Afflalo answered with a 3-pointer. Mbah a Moute scored on a putback of Michael Roll's miss, then hit a 3-pointer to keep UCLA ahead 73-60.
Afflalo found Cedric Bozeman on the left wing, and the fifth-year senior hit a 3-pointer for a 76-62 lead with 3:21 remaining.
Capitalizing on turnovers, the Wildcats scored six straight to trail 76-68 with 2 minutes left. But Farmar converted a three-point play in the final minute.
The Bruins broke the game open with a 26-9 first-half run that gave them a 35-16 lead. Afflalo had eight points in the spurt, which included two technicals against Arizona. Olson got the first one when he ranted at the referees during a timeout.
UCLA pushed its lead to 20 points on a 3-pointer by Farmar, just after Adams scored his first field goal of the game with 5:02 left in the first half. He had five more points as the Wildcats closed within 13 before Afflalo hit a 3-pointer at the end of the half to make it 50-34.
Arizona shot 58 percent in the half, mostly on layups, but committed 13 turnovers that UCLA turned into 20 points.