No. 1 Bruins Dominate No. 14 Huskies
Dec. 31, 2006
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arron Afflalo equaled his career high with 27 points and tied a season high with five 3-pointers, and No. 1 UCLA used aggressive runs in both halves to beat No. 14 Washington 96-74 on Sunday.
The Bruins (13-0, 2-0) concluded a sweep of their opening Pac-10 games after surviving a three-point scare against Washington State on Thursday.
Darren Collison added 15 points and a career-high 12 assists for UCLA, which faces its first major road trip next week to Oregon since winning the Maui Invitational on Nov. 22.
The Huskies (10-3, 0-2) have yet to win in three road games this season. They fell to 0-11 against top-ranked teams on the road, and 2-27 all-time against a No. 1 team.
Washington was led by 21 points from Spencer Hawes, the 7-foot freshman center who recently ended the double-digit scoring streak of LSU's Glen Davis at 48 games. Jon Brockman added 13 points.
UCLA dictated an aggressive tone from the opening tip, which launched a dominating 16-6 spurt that thrilled fans in Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins ran off eight straight points, starting with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scoring over Hawes, then dunking off his own steal. Afflalo scored, then stole the ball and fed Shipp for a fastbreak layup.
Washington failed to get off a shot in the spurt.
The theatrics continued when Collison stole an inbounds pass from Justin Dentmon and dunked on a fastbreak. Then Afflalo hit consecutive 3-pointers to send the crowd into a frenzy.
Things steadied after that and the teams traded baskets before Washington scored six straight to close within four. But the Bruins pushed their lead to 47-33 at halftime with part of a 15-0 run that extended over both halves, with Hawes picking up his third foul early in the second.
Trailing by 20 points, Washington went to a zone that stymied the Bruins for a time. The Huskies used a 16-5 run to get to 66-55, with Ryan Appleby hitting consecutive 3-pointers and Brockman adding four points.
The Bruins suddenly recovered, running off 12 straight points for a 78-55 lead with eight minutes left. Roll had consecutive 3-pointers and another basket for eight points.
That finished off the Huskies, who committed 22 turnovers that led to 34 points for UCLA.