No. 5 UCLA Too Much for Washington

Jan. 10, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Russell Westbrook scored 18 points, UCLA shot better than 52 percent from the field and the fifth-ranked Bruins defeated Washington 69-55 on Thursday night.

UCLA (15-1, 3-0 Pac-10) got 17 points from Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in winning its eighth in a row.

Jon Brockman had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies (9-6, 0-2), who lost to a ranked opponent for the fifth time this season. They shot 42 percent from the field in falling to 3-42 at Pauley Pavilion since it opened in 1965.

UCLA point guard Darren Collison left the game with 18:03 to play, clutching his left hip and grimacing. He did not return and was diagnosed with a hip contusion. The junior guard had suffered from food poisoning earlier in the week that caused him to miss practice.

Brockman gave up 3 inches and 16 pounds to Kevin Love, the 6-foot-10, 271-pound UCLA freshman who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. The two big men pushed and shoved in the paint in the first half, when they were almost even in scoring and rebounding.

The game was tied four times in the first 10 minutes before UCLA broke it open with a 27-11 run that ended the half with the Bruins ahead 41-23. The spurt began with nine consecutive points, and Mbah a Moute scored seven in a row in one stretch.

The Bruins shot 52 percent in the half and made 12 of 13 free throws. In all, they were 19-of-21 from the line, with Mbah a Moute making all five of his, and Love and Collison both making their four.

Mbah a Moute scored UCLA's first six points of the second half, helping build the Bruins' largest lead of 22 points.

The Huskies then went on a 15-5 run, including seven points by Brockman, to get to 59-47 with 9:04 remaining.

But Westbrook ably ran the offense in Collison's absence, and had 13 points in the half, including a big dunk that kept UCLA ahead 67-51 with 4 1/2 minutes remaining.

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar fell to 5-7 against UCLA, where he was an assistant on the 1995 national championship team.

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