Farmar, UCLA hand No. 17 Nevada first loss of season
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Jordan Farmar netted 24 points, as 16th-ranked
UCLA downed No. 17 Nevada, 67-56, in the Wooden Classic at Arrowhead Pond.
Arron Afflalo added 18 points while Darren Collison posted 10 for the Bruins
(7-1), who have won four straight games since losing to Memphis on November 23
in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-off.
Nick Fazekas had 24 points and Mo Charlo contributed 13 points for the Wolf
Pack (6-1), who had opened the season with six straight wins for the first
time since the 1951-52 team won 14 consecutive contests to begin the year.
Trailing by nine at the intermission, Nevada opened the second half by scoring
12 of the first 18 points, highlighted by five from Fazekas, to pull within
39-36 with 15:10 left in the game.
UCLA quickly increased the gap to seven points on Ryan Wright’s jumper with
10:20 remaining, but the Wolf Pack again fought back before getting within one
point at 46-45 courtesy of Fazekas’ layup.
However, the Bruins quickly got some breathing room and were able to put the
game away by using an 8-0 run. Farmar scored the first five points of the
burst and Afflalo then followed with a layup, but missed the ensuing free
throw. However, UCLA maintained possession and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was
quickly fouled on his way up. The forward then made one free throw to cap the
surge and give the Bruins a 54-45 lead with 5:58 to play.
Mbah a Moute then converted a three-point play moments later to make it a 12-
point game and seal the win.
The UCLA lead grew as high as 16 in the final minutes.
Nevada led by three midway through the first half before the Bruins ripped off
nine straight points to grab a 20-14 edge. Farmar scored four points during
the flurry and Afflalo’s two free throws with 7:46 remaining capped the spurt
and made it a six-point game.
UCLA extended its lead to eight points moments later and carried a 33-24 lead
into the locker room.
Farmar went 10-of-13 from the field…The Bruins made 51 percent of their
shots while Nevada connected on just 37 percent of its attempts…UCLA has won
all four career meetings.