No. 3 UCLA edges No. 11 Arizona
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Arron Afflalo netted 22 points to lead
third-ranked UCLA over No. 11 Arizona, 73-69, in Pac-10 action at the Pauley
Darren Collison scored 14 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out seven
assists for the Bruins (17-1, 6-1 Pac-10), who moved to 11-0 at home and won
their fourth straight over Arizona. Michael Roll added 13 points in the win.
Ivan Radenovic had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (13-5, 4-4),
who have dropped three in a row. Mustafa Shakur scored 12 points and Marcus
Williams added 11 in defeat. Williams also had 11 boards.
A small 6-0 burst by Arizona in the second half, capped on a three-pointer by
Williams, pulled the Wildcats within two at 39-37, but the Bruins went on to
net eight of the game’s next 10 points. Six of those points came from Roll,
who knocked down a pair of treys and his second gave UCLA a 47-39 advantage
with 15:26 on the clock.
Five straight points by the Bruins upped their lead to 60-50 with 6:44 on the
clock. The Wildcats twice got to within six, but six points in a row for the
Bruins late pushed their edge to 68-56.
Shakur, however, followed with a layup to get within 10, and a dunk by Chase
Budinger made it a 68-60 contest. Arizona then started fouling the Bruins, and
both Collison and Afflalo missed free throw attempts.
That allowed Arizona to get within three on two free throws by Shakur and a
three-point play by Jawann McClellan with 27 ticks to go. However, the
Wildcats never got closer.
Ahead by a point in the first, the Wildcats grabbed control with a 7-0 run.
McClellan started the burst with two from the line, while Daniel Dillon
followed with a pair of free throws and a three-pointer that moved Arizona’s
lead to 25-17 with 6:22 remaining in the first half.
The Bruins, though, answered with a 13-0 run to go ahead 30-25. Josh Shipp
started the burst with a layup and Russell Westbrook put UCLA ahead 26-25 on a
jumper with 3:47 remaining. The Bruins closed out the run with four straight
UCLA used that momentum to carry a 35-29 edge into the break.
Budinger ended with 10 points and eight rebounds…Shipp had nine in the win
and Alfred Aboya added 11 rebounds…UCLA shot 49 percent from the floor to
Arizona’s 39 percent…The Wildcats fell to 2-4 on the road…The Bruins lead
the all-time series 42-31.