Bruins earn 63-61 win on late basket

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaAfflalo then was whistled for a questionable foul on Josh Akognon – who scored all of his 25 points in the second half – and he made both free throws with 13.3 seconds left to pull within one point again. Afflalo made one free throw with 7.1 seconds left on the other end and that was all UCLA would need. Akognon made 7 of 11 shots in the second half, including 6 of 8 from behind the arc. Kyle Weaver shot an errant layup at the buzzer, but missed, and Afflalo got the rebound to seal the victory. The 11th-ranked Bruins (14-2, 4-1) have won 10 of their last 11 games. They shot 54.2 percent in the first half and led 31-17 at the half. Akognon came alive late and led a spirited run that saw Washington State cut the lead to two points at 58-56. Afflalo had a team-high 18 points. Mata was solid again, but injured his right knee on a collision with Farmar under UCLA’s basket in the second half. Mata is expected to have an MRI today. Center Ryan Hollins is expected to see a doctor today and could be cleared to play against Washington on Saturday. The Cougars cut the lead to six points at 39-33 on a Akognon 3-pointer with 13:38 left in the first half. UCLA responded with a 15-4 run – in which Afflalo made a 3-pointer from the baseline and a jumper from the baseline – for a 54-47 lead but couldn’t put the game away at that point. For all the bumps and bruises and mishaps, UCLA is still on top in the Pacific 10 Conference. UCLA held off a thrilling second-half rally by Washington State for a 63-61 win Thursday in front of 9,550 at Pauley Pavilion. Nursing a one-point lead with 28.7 seconds left, Collison took the inbounds pass and dribbled in and out of defenders against a press. By the time he got past halfcourt, there was only one defender and Collison, the son of track standouts, sprinted to the basket for an unbelievably easy layup with 19.4 seconds left. LOS ANGELES – Lorenzo Mata played with a facemask for the first time to protect his fractured nose. Freshman Michael Roll made his first career start. Josh Shipp was back on the bench in street clothes. Jordan Farmar still was nursing a sprained ankle and Arron Afflalo was nursing a bruised hip. Freshman Darren Collison, seemingly the only Bruin who hasn’t been injured this year, made the big shot of the night against Washington State, an uncontested layup. center_img Washington State cut the lead to 58-52 on a basket by Kyle Weaver, who drove the lane and scored with 2:37 left. Ryan Wright missed a pair of free throws on the other end but he wasn’t alone. UCLA shot 43.8 percent from the free-throw line. Washington is next. UCLA coach Ben Howland juggled his lineup and gave Roll his first start at small forward. Farmar started at point guard and Afflalo at shooting guard. Freshman point guard Collison didn’t get to start but he still got his share of minutes and made an immediate impact. Collison made his first shot, a 3-pointer, on an open look at the top of the arc to give UCLA a 14-7 lead. Just after that, he got a defensive rebound on a missed shot by Aron Baynes. He took the ball coast-to-coast but missed a layup. Josh Akognon, who scored a career-high 27 points in Washington State’s upset win at Washington last week, had no points by halftime and took just two shots. [email protected] (818) 713-3615 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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