Bruins Have No Trouble With Oakland

Dec. 16, 2006

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Darren Collison had 15 points and Arron Afflalo added 14 to help No. 1 UCLA beat Oakland, Mich., 74-53 on Saturday night.

Josh Shipp had 13 points, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 12 rebounds for UCLA (9-0), which pulled away with an 18-0 run late in the first half and early in the second.

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.

Russell Westbrook made a bank shot and free throw during the run, and Darren Collison had a three-point play and made a jumper in the lane with a second to go to put UCLA up 33-19 at the half.

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.

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