No. 14 Huskies Can't Keep Up With Top-Ranked UCLA
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.
Michael Roll added 15 points and Josh Shipp 13 for the Bruins.
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.
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.
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