Saturday , Dec , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

UCLA remains undefeated with rout of Michigan

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Josh Shipp scored 18 points and Arron
Afflalo added 17, leading top-ranked UCLA to a 92-55 rout of Michigan at
Pauley Pavilion.

Darren Collison contributed 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting with eight assists
for the Bruins (11-0), who improved to 239-14 when playing as the top-ranked
team in the country. UCLA is off to its best start since the 1993-94 squad
opened 14-0.

“We just played our best game,” said Bruins coach Ben Howland said. “Our guys
were fired up for this game. Michigan played us extremely tough the last three

Courtney Sims scored 13 points and Lester Abram added 11 for Michigan (11-2),
which had a four-game winning streak stopped. The Wolverines fell to 1-17 all-
time when facing the No. 1 team in the nation.

“We didn’t play as capably as I thought we could,” Michigan coach Tommy Amaker
said. “I think we were a little nervous. Our older guys were trying to make
things happen and I felt we were pressing a little bit.”

UCLA was off to the races early, as a three-pointer by Afflalo gave the Bruins
an 8-0 lead. Michigan got only as close as five, at 13-8, on a bucket by

The Bruins followed with a 13-4 run to open a 26-12 cushion and the Wolverines
never got it below double digits again. A layup by Collison in the final
minute sent UCLA into the break with a 36-23 advantage.

A layup by Collison capped a run of six straight points to start the second
half as UCLA quickly opened a 19-point bulge. A 17-4 run later in the half
pushed the Bruin lead to 67-36 and the margin reached 40 at 85-45 on two free
throws by Ryan Wright with 5:14 to play.

UCLA shot 59 percent and hit 11-of-20 three-point tries, while Michigan shot
46 percent and committed a season-high 23 turnovers.

Game Notes

Michigan’s lone win against a top-ranked squad came in 1997 against Duke at
Crisler Arena…UCLA leads the all-time series 10-3.