Huskies Shock No. 2 Bruins, 61-51
March 3, 2007
SEATTLE (AP) - Jon Brockman and Spencer Hawes combined for 33 points and 28 rebounds and led Washington to its biggest win of the season, a 61-51 upset of No. 2 UCLA on Saturday.
The Huskies (18-12, 8-10 Pac-10), physically matched the Bruins' grind-it-out style. UCLA (26-4, 15-3), already the Pac-10 champions, saw its five-game winning streak end.
Brockman, a 6-foot-7 forward that relishes rugged play, hit four free throws in the final 37 seconds and the Huskies built some needed momentum for next week's Pac-10 tournament. Winning the tournament is likely Washington's only shot at getting into the NCAA tournament.
Josh Shipp led UCLA with 13 points, but the Bruins could not overcome a season-low 20 first-half points and three scoreless stretches of 5 minutes or more. Arron Afflalo added 12, but guard Darren Collison missed on 13 of 15 shots and finished with five points, seven under his season average.
Brockman finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Hawes had 13 points and 15 boards.
Washington's defensive effort was shocking given that it entered the week last in the conference giving up 75 points per game. UCLA shot just 31 percent, and while a number of shots rimmed in-and-out, Washington's defense also stymied the Bruins offense by forcing shots with the shot clock nearly at zero.
The 51 points were a season-low for the Bruins, and were still nearly enough.
Washington led by 16 midway through the second-half, when Ryan Appleby capped a 9-0 run with a fallaway 3-pointer giving the Huskies a 48-32 lead with 9:43 left. UCLA called an immediate timeout as Washington's crowd erupted, urged on by the Huskies coaching staff pumping their fists and waving their arms.
Appleby finished with 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
Ben Howland's timeout worked. Afflalo scored five straight points, starting a 14-2 run capped by six straight points from Shipp that got UCLA within 50-46.
Lorezno Mata then followed up Collison's missed drive and the lead was just two. A pair of Justin Dentmon free throws put Washington up four, but then Collison hit just his second shot - a step-back 3-pointer - to get the Bruins within one.
But Hawes tipped in a Dentmon miss and Shipp's deep 3-pointer to tie hit off the front-rim. UCLA missed its final five shots from the field, and Mata - a 37-percent free-throw shooter - also missed two free throws with 25 seconds left that could have brought the Bruins within three.
UCLA had nothing to play for other than momentum and extending its winning streak, which reached five with an emotional 53-45 win over No. 13 Washington State on Thursday that wrapped up the Pac-10 regular season crown.
But Howland wasn't about to take Saturday off. He called four timeouts in the first half alone, trying to keep the Huskies from blowing the game open. Still, the Bruins became frustrated, highlighted by Mata getting called for an intentional foul late in the half after being stripped by Adrian Oliver and while lying on the court, tackling Oliver's legs.
Washington won its final home game for the 11th straight year.