Afflalo leads No. 16 UCLA past Coppin State
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Arron Afflalo scored 20 points as 16th-
ranked UCLA used a big second half to roll past Coppin State, 69-57, at Pauley
Jordan Farmar added 16 points and 10 assists in his return to the lineup for
the Bruins (6-1), who have won three straight games. Cedric Bozeman netted 15
points in the win and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 11 points and added 10
Tywain McKee scored 21 points for the Eagles (0-6), who lost their first ever
meeting with UCLA. Augustine Woodlin added 12 points while Darryl Roberts
chipped in 10.
Down 35-30 after the opening half, UCLA outscored Coppin State 39-22 in the
second to grab the victory.
A Bozeman bucket and free throw cut the UCLA deficit to 36-35 just over a
minute into the second and, with the Coppin State ahead 38-35, the Bruins went
on a 7-0 spurt to go ahead 42-38.
A McKee basket pulled the Eagles to within 43-42 with 11 1/2 minutes remaining
in the second. However, Coppin State would fail to take a lead as the Bruins
used an 11-4 spurt to go ahead 54-46 with just over eight minutes left.
A 9-2 run that was capped by an Afflalo three-point basket later put UCLA
ahead 63-50 with four minutes remaining and the Bruins netted the last three
points of the game to account for the final margin.
UCLA opened up the first half on a 9-4 run that included five points from
Bozeman. However, West Otis’ basket tied the game at nine with just under 12
minutes left in the half. The two teams stayed close over the next 6 1/2
minutes and Afflalo’s three-pointer pulled the Bruins to within 24-22.
The Eagles would then run off six straight points for a 30-22 edge with 3 1/2
minutes remaining in the first half.
UCLA shot 59 percent from the floor to Coppin State’s 52.8 percent…Farmar
had missed the Bruins’ last two games with a foot injury…UCLA improved to
5-0 at home…The Eagles have yet to play a home game this season and won’t
until January 14th after the team has played 14 contests.