No. 14 Bruins Beat Wolverines, 68-61

Dec. 17, 2005

Box Score

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Jordan Farmar had 21 points, Arron Afflalo scored 20 and No. 14 UCLA held off a late rally to beat Michigan 68-61 Saturday.

The Bruins (8-1) are off to their best start since the 1997-98 season. The Wolverines fell to 7-1.

UCLA rallied to take a 63-50 lead with 4:35 left, but Michigan then scored nine straight points. Afflalo's steal and short pass to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute for a layup gave the Bruins a 65-59 lead, and some breathing room, with 1:23 left.

Michigan reserve Chris Hunter had 15 points, Dion Harris scored 14 and Lester Abram added 12. Daniel Horton had a rough game for the Wolverines, going 5-for-17 from the field - missing all seven of his 3-point attempts - for 10 points, with six assists and five turnovers.

Afflalo had 17 of his 20 points in the first half, helping UCLA lead by as many as seven points. Farmar had 15 of his 21 after halftime, keying a 31-12 run in the second half.

Michigan seemed stronger early in the game, taking an 8-0 lead as the Bruins missed their first eight shots, before UCLA got into the game. Both teams took turns going on spurts in the first half, before Michigan took a 34-32 lead at halftime.

Michigan led 38-32 early in the second half before Farmar's 3-pointer started the decisive run.

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