Bruins Pummel Wildcats, 83-60
Jan. 15, 2009
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nikola Dragovic led five UCLA players in double figures with 15 points and the No. 9 Bruins routed Arizona 83-60 Thursday night for their 10th consecutive victory and 15th in a row at home.
Josh Shipp added 13 points, Alfred Aboya had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Darren Collison and Michael Roll had 12 points each for the Bruins (14-2, 4-0 Pac-10). Collison's six assists left him one shy of 500 for his four-year career.
They've won eight in a row against the Wildcats, the longest streak for either team in the last 24 seasons.
Jordan Hill scored 22 points, highlighted by several explosive dunks, and Chase Budinger added 14 for Arizona (11-6, 2-3), still finding itself under interim coach Russ Pennell, who took over Oct. 24 after Lute Olson's sudden retirement.
John Wooden, the 98-year-old former coach who led the Bruins to a record 10 national championships, attended his second home game of the season, but he left the blowout early.
Arizona occasionally tried pressing UCLA, but the Bruins passed around and over to score. Hill had 14 points in the first half, when Budinger was held to seven.
UCLA coach Ben Howland substituted liberally throughout, exploiting the Wildcats' lack of depth that had them using eight players most of the game. All 11 Bruins scored.
Arizona never made a run in the second half. The Bruins scored 12 unanswered points in the final 4:45 before the starters sat down.
The Bruins led by 16 in the first half, notching a double-digit lead for good on Malcolm Lee's driving basket with 7:18 remaining. The Wildcats trailed 26-20 when UCLA outscored them 16-8 to end the half ahead 42-28. Dragovic, making his second straight start, had five points, and Aboya four in the spurt, with four other players also contributing.