Bruins Wrap Up Wooden Classic With Win
Dec. 10, 2005
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jordan Farmar scored 10 of his 24 points during a game-clinching 16-2 run, and No. 16 UCLA beat No. 17 Nevada 67-56 on Saturday in the nightcap of the 12th annual John R. Wooden Classic.
No. 13 Washington topped New Mexico 81-71 in the opener of the doubleheader named for the former UCLA coach who guided the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships in a 12-year span before retiring in 1975.
The 95-year-old Wooden attended the games at the Anaheim Arena.
Arron Afflalo added 18 points and eight rebounds and freshman Darren Collison matched his career high with 10 points for the Bruins (7-1), who shot 52.2 percent.
Nick Fazekas scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half to lead Nevada (6-1), which had won its previous 14 regular-season games away from the Lawlor Events Center in Reno. Mo Charlo had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolf Pack.
Nevada had opened the season by winning six straight games for just the second time in school history. The 1951-52 team won its first 14 games.
The Wolf Pack shot just 37.3 percent -- nearly 11 percent below their season percentage.
Fazekas scored nine points to spark a 14-6 run to begin the second half, cutting UCLA's lead to 39-38.
But that was as close as the Wolf Pack would get.
A basket by Fazekas drew Nevada within one point again before Farmar scored five points to trigger the game-clinching spurt, which he capped by making a 3-pointer to give the Bruins a 62-47 lead with 3:57 remaining.
Afflalo (12), Collison (10) and Farmar (9) combined for all but two of UCLA's points as the Bruins took a 33-24 halftime lead.
The Bruins were held scoreless for a span of nearly 6 1/2 minutes, but the Wolf Pack didn't take advantage, getting only five points for an 8-4 lead.
Nevada led 14-11 before Farmar scored nine points to spark a 15-2 run that put the Bruins on top 26-16.
The Wolf Pack shot 7-of-21 in the first half while the Bruins were 13-of-27.
The Bruins won despite playing without centers Michael Fey (sprained right ankle) and Lorenzo Mata (concussion) and forward Josh Shipp (injured right hip).
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