Saturday , Mar , 03 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Pac-10 champion Bruins close out regular season in Seattle

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Having already wrapped up the Pac-10 regular
season title, the second-ranked UCLA Bruins try to avoid an upset at the hands
of the Washington Huskies in league play from Bank of America Arena

On Thursday, the Bruins defeated second-place and 13th-ranked Washington
State, 53-45, to capture its second straight Pac-10 title. It was also the
fifth win in a row by UCLA, which improved to 26-3 overall and 15-2 in
conference play.

As for Washington, it also enters the contest on a high note, posting an
85-70 upset of 23rd-ranked USC on Thursday. The win put an end to a four-
game slide and pushed the team to 17-12 overall and 7-10 in conference play.
The Huskies have had nearly all their success at home this season, going
16-2 at Bank of America Arena.

In regard to the all-time series, UCLA owns a comfortable 88-33 lead
over Washington, including a 96-74 victory in the first meeting this season.

The Bruins have done well in limiting their opponents to just 60.1 ppg, but
they have done even better in averaging 73.3 ppg on an efficient 49.3 percent
shooting from the field. Arron Afflalo heads the club in scoring with 17.3 ppg
and he is making good on 39.4 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.
Josh Shipp chips in with 13.3 ppg for UCLA and Darren Collison rounds out the
double-figure scores with 12.6 ppg. Collison also has team highs of 6.0 apg
and 63 steals to his credit. In the squad’s last game, Afflalo scored 14
points to lead the Bruins to an eight-point win over Washington State. Shipp
had 12 points and five boards for UCLA, which connected on 51.2 percent of its
shots from the floor. The Bruins also clamped down on defense, as they forced
14 turnovers, in addition to holding Washington State to just a 37.5 percent
shooting effort from the field.

The Huskies have enjoyed a majority of their success at the offensive end of
the court, where they are averaging a hardy 78.1 ppg on 47.1 percent shooting
from the field this season. Spencer Hawes currently leads the team in scoring
with 15.3 ppg and he is also pulling down 6.0 rpg. Jon Brockman has provided a
nice complement to Hawes, and he is nearly averaging a double-double with 13.9
ppg and a team-best 9.5 rpg. Quincy Pondexter adds 10.9 ppg and 4.0 rpg to
this potent attack, while Ryan Appleby and Justin Dentmon chip in with 10.4
and 10.3 ppg, respectively. On Thursday, Appleby poured in 22 points on 5-of-7
shooting from long range, as Washington stunned USC. Brockman posted 17 points
and nine boards, while Hawes logged 13 points and seven rebounds. Dentmon
finished with 12 points for the Huskies, who shot 52.0 percent from the field,
including a 10-of-18 effort from long range.