Top-ranked UCLA remains perfect as Bruins edge Washington State
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Darren Collison scored all of his 13
points after halftime as the top-ranked UCLA Bruins needed a second-half rally
to beat a feisty Washington State club, 55-52, to keep their perfect record in
Courtesy of an 11-2 spurt in the first half, the Cougars held a 28-24 lead at
the break and extended their lead to 35-26 early in the second half on a
Derrick Low layup before UCLA finally started to get going.
Collison knocked down two from the charity stripe and Arron Afflalo followed
with a trey to bring the Bruins within 35-31. Then, after Robbie Cowgill’s
layup gave Washington a 39-32 advantage, UCLA took a 41-39 lead with a 9-0
spurt that featured back-to-back three pointers by Afflalo and Collison.
The game remained tight for the next several minutes before Michael Roll
followed a Josh Shipp layup with a three pointer to give the Bruins a 53-47
lead with just over three minutes left to play.
The Cougars, though, would not go quietly. Nikola Koprivica answered with a
three for Washington State and Ivory Clark’s subsequent dunk brought the
Cougars within 53-52 with 56 seconds left in regulation.
After Collison missed on a layup, Washington State had a chance to jump back
in front with 25.7 seconds remaining. However, Low’s three-point attempt found
nothing but air and Afflalo converted two free throws to make it a three-point
game with 6.8 seconds left in the game.
With one last chance to force overtime, Koprivica’s three-pointer was too
strong as UCLA hung on for the win in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.
Afflalo also scored 13 points, while Shipp added 11 for the Bruins (12-0, 1-0
Pac-10), who have won five in a row against the Cougars. Luc Richard Mbah a
Moute added seven points and 10 rebounds for UCLA.
Low finished with 14 points and Koprivica added 12 points and five rebounds
for the Cougars (11-2, 0-1), who saw their four-game winning streak come to an
Kyle Weaver and Clark each scored nine points for Washington State, while
Weaver finished with 10 rebounds…UCLA holds a commanding 90-13 lead in the
all-time series with the Cougars.