Bruins Have No Trouble With Oakland
Dec. 16, 2006
Collison went 5-for-8 from the field and made all three of his free throws, and Afflalo shot 6-for-10 from the field.
The easy win came a week after UCLA's closest and roughest game of the season, a 65-62 victory over then-No. 6 Texas A&M in the John R. Wooden Classic in Anaheim.
UCLA and No. 8 Wichita State are the only unbeaten teams remaining in the Associated Press Top 10 after No. 2 Pittsburgh's 89-75 loss to No. 7 Wisconsin earlier Saturday.
Shawn Hopes had a game-high 17 points for the Grizzlies, and Vova Severovas had 11.
Oakland (6-7) is playing a tough schedule. The Grizzlies lost at Pittsburgh 66-55 Nov. 19 and will play at No. 20 Marquette on Tuesday night.
UCLA scored the last 12 points of the first half after leading by just two with 4:12 to play.
Baskets by Mbah a Moute, Darren Collison and Lorenzo Mata opened the second half to complete the run and give the Bruins a 39-19 lead. UCLA held Oakland scoreless for more than 6 minutes during the stretch.
Shipp made a 3-pointer a few minutes later to give the Bruins their biggest lead to that point, 42-21 with 16:44 to play.
UCLA led by as many as 24, Oakland would get no closer than 14 the rest of the way.
Other than the challenge from Texas A&M, UCLA is amid a month of lesser opponents from small conferences that culminates against Sam Houston State on Tuesday, before they face Michigan next Saturday and then begin the Pac-10 Conference season.
UCLA led from the opening basket Saturday.
Michael Roll made a layup and followed it with a jumper to give UCLA a 15-8 lead with 11:42 to play in the first half.
But Oakland stayed with the Bruins, answering with an 11-6 run. The Grizzlies pulled within three 17-14 after a pair of free throws from Hopes, and later within two at 21-19 after a 3-pointer from Derick Nelson with 4:12 left in the half.