No. 5 UCLA downs No. 19 Arizona
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Josh Shipp scored 24 points, shooting 10-of-14
from the field, and the fifth-ranked UCLA Bruins downed the 19th-ranked
Arizona Wildcats, 81-66.
Darren Collison scored 17 points and doled out 15 assists for UCLA (23-3, 12-2
Pac-10), which won its fifth in six games. Arron Afflalo scored 15 points for
the Bruins, and Lorenzo Mata added 10 points and seven rebounds in the win.
Marcus Williams scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds for Arizona
(17-9, 8-7 Pac-10), which has lost back-to-back games after winning three in a
row. Mustafa Shakur also finished with 17 points for the Wildcats, and Chase
Budinger added 13 points. Jordan Hill scored 11 points and raked in nine
rebounds for Arizona.
Arizona erased a 12-point first-half deficit and pulled to within one-point at
the half, but UCLA pulled away in the second half, outscoring Arizona 46-32
after the break.
A Williams jumper pulled Arizona to within 50-46 with 13:17 left in the game,
but UCLA answered with a 10-4 run and never looked back. Afflalo and Collison
knocked down treys on the stretch, with Collison’s boosting the Bruins lead to
60-50 with 7:06 left. UCLA cruised to the 15-point victory from there.
UCLA started hot, and opened up a 12-point lead early on, as a Collison three
put the Bruins ahead 23-11 with just over 12 minutes left in the half. Arizona
answered with 10 straight, though, with eight of those points coming from
Shakur, who sank two threes and hit a layup on the stretch. The layup pulled
the Bruins to within 23-21 with 8:57 left.
Arizona kept pace the rest of the first half, and a Williams layup in the
final seconds sent the Wildcats into the break trailing only by one, at 35-34.
The game was a 10 a.m. local start in Tucson…UCLA made 52.5 percent of its
shots from the field, and 46.4 percent (13-of-28) from behind the arc.