No. 17 Bruins Hold Off No. 21 Wildcats On The Road

Jan. 5, 2006

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Arron Afflalo scored 22 points and No. 17 UCLA, which shot 61 percent, held off a late Arizona rally to beat the 21st-ranked Wildcats 85-79 on Thursday night.

The Bruins (12-2, 2-1 Pac-10) never trailed and were up by as many as nine points in the second half, but the Wildcats (9-4, 2-1) twice cut the lead to two in the final minute.

UCLA sealed the victory by making six consecutive free throws, the first four by Jordan Farmar and the last two by Josh Shipp. Nine players scored for the young but deep Bruins.

Hassan Adams scored 21 points for Arizona, while Marcus Williams added 19, Ivan Radenovic 17, Chris Rodgers 12 and Kirk Walters 10 in a loss that snapped the Wildcats' seven-game winning streak.

The Bruins, who survived 23 turnovers, took the lead for good with a 5-0 spurt to end the first half, going up 39-35. They made it a 10-0 run by scoring the first five points of the second half, taking a 44-35 lead on Lorenzo Mata's stuff with 18:30 remaining.

Arizona scored the next six points, four on free throws by Williams, but the Bruins got the next five, capped by Afflalo's three-point play to boost the lead to 49-41 with 15:37 to play.

The Wildcats stayed within single digits, and cut it to 66-63 on Adams' steal and breakaway stuff with 6:28 remaining. But Afflalo hit a 15-footer from the baseline and Mata made three of four free throws, the last two with 5:25 left to put UCLA up 71-63.

The Wildcats made it interesting at the end for the loud home crowd. Darren Collison made two free throws to put UCLA ahead 79-72 with 1:22 to go, but Adams stole the ball at midcourt and his layup made it 79-74 with 40 seconds remaining. Rogers' stole Afflalo's inbound pass, scored and was fouled. He made the free throw to cut the lead to 79-77 with 35 seconds to play.

Farmar's two free throws boosted it to 81-77, but Williams hit a 15-footer to cut the lead to 81-79 with 20 seconds left. Farmar made two more from the line with 10 seconds left, and Shipp's steal and two free throws sealed it.

UCLA shot 68 percent (17-for-25) in the first half and 61 percent (31-for-51) for the game.

The Bruins scored the first eight points of the game, but the Wildcats used a 13-2 run to go up 19-14 on Williams' 14-footer with 9:47 to go.

After that, there were nine lead changes before the Bruins' late first-half spurt.

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