No. 16 UCLA fights off Albany
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Arron Afflalo had 22 points and seven
rebounds to lead the 16th-ranked UCLA Bruins over the Albany Great Danes,
73-65, at Pauley Pavilion.
Cedric Bozeman had 16 points and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 13 points and 13
rebounds for the Bruins (5-1), who have won two straight after defeating
Drexel in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off last Friday.
Jon Iati had 23 points, going 6-for-10 from the three-point line and Jamar
Wilson netted 12 for the Great Danes (1-4), who have lost four straight games.
UCLA played without starting guard Jordan Farmar, who was diagnosed with a
stress fracture in his right foot. He sprained his right ankle against Temple
on November 17, missed a game, then played both games in the Preseason NIT in
New York last week.
The Great Danes jumped out to an early 6-0 lead thanks to back-to-back three
pointers by Iati.
However, after Levi Levine’s jumper made it 11-8 with Albany in the lead,
Afflalo drained a three-pointer to spark a 14-0 Bruins run. Afflalo completed
the run by nailing a free throw to complete a three-point play, making it a
UCLA had its largest lead of the half after Afflalo hit a three-pointer to
make it 38-19 with a little over four minutes to play.
But, Albany scored the next 14 points, with Levine netting six of those
points, to cut the UCLA lead to 38-33 at the break.
The Great Danes used an 11-5 run at the start of the second half to take a
44-43 lead, but Afflalo would put in a layup and drain a three-pointer as part
of a 9-2 run, putting the Bruins up 52-46 with under 11 minutes remaining.
Iati made a basket behind the arc to make it 70-65 with a little over one
minute left to play, but Moute put in a layup and Afflalo nailed a free throw
to put the game away for the Bruins.
UCLA will host Coppin State on Sunday…Albany will play at Siena on
Saturday…Brent Wilson had nine points and seven rebounds for Albany…Both
teams had 36 rebounds in the game…UCLA shot 48 percent from the
floor…Albany shot 36 percent in the game.