Cardinal Falls To UCLA 71-54

Dec. 29, 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arron Afflalo scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half and No. 11 UCLA beat Stanford 71-54 on Thursday night, snapping two losing streaks to the Cardinal in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

The Bruins had lost eight straight at home to Stanford and six in a row overall. The win was the eighth straight for UCLA, which is off to its best start since the national championship season of 1994-95.

UCLA (11-1) opened the game with an 18-1 run, capped by a jumper from Ryan Wright with 14:23 to play. Stanford never got back within single digits.

The Cardinal (4-5) missed their first 12 shots from the field and didn't get their first field goal until nearly 9 minutes into the game.

Stanford shot 20 percent in the first half while UCLA was at 60 percent.

Afflalo went 6-for-7 from the field in the first half and made all three of his 3-point attempts. He finished 7-for-11 from the field overall and 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins and Josh Shipp added 11 points.

Jordan Farmar made a 3-pointer with 4:19 to play in the first half to give UCLA its biggest lead of the half, 33-12 with 4:19 to play.

Stanford then pulled within 13, but Afflalo stretched the lead to 19 points with a 3 with 3:19 to play.

Matt Haryasz led the Cardinal with 13 points.

The Bruins last beat the Cardinal on Feb. 23, 2002, and last beat them at Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 8, 1997.

Playing in his first minute of the season, Shipp opened the scoring with a three-point play to set the tone for the Bruins. The sophomore had hip surgery in September.

Shipp also opened the second-half scoring for the Bruins, making a 3 with 19:02 to play to put the Bruins up 43-21. Stanford got no closer than 15 the rest of the way.

Afflalo gave UCLA its biggest lead of the game, 58-34 with 7:32 to play.

The Bruins finished 27-for-53 from the field (51 percent) and the Cardinal went 14-of-48 (29 percent).

Shipp started Thursday night in place of senior forward Cedric Bozeman, who missed the game after tearing cartilage in his left shoulder at practice on Tuesday. The team learned of the injury Thursday morning after an MRI on Wednesday night. His status is uncertain, but he will definitely miss Saturday's game against California.

Bozeman, who averages 10.3 points per game, redshirted last season because of a knee injury after starting every game for the Bruins in 2003-04.

Adding to the Bruins season-long injury troubles, Farmar sprained his right ankle midway through the second half on Thursday night and did not return.

UCLA was also without seniors Michael Fey (sprained ankle) and Ryan Hollins (strained groin) for the second straight game.

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