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Final: UCLA 96, UW 74

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Dec. 31, 2006 at 3:50 pm with No Comments »
December 31, 2006 3:50 pm

Despite opening Pac-10 play with a close loss at USC and this blowout loss at UCLA, the Huskies’ confidence doesn’t seem shaken.

They admitted to too many turnovers and not enough focused effort, but seem unintimidated by the prospect of facing Arizona next.

Some notes:

Star of the game: UCLA junior guard Arron Afflalo tied his career high with 27 points while hitting 11 of 15 shots. He also had a career-high eight assists.

Key stats: Washington committed 22 turnovers, which UCLA turned into 34 points. … UCLA hit a season high 59.7 percent from the field, including 72.4 percent in the second half.

Key runs: UCLA took control instantly by scoring the game’s first eight points. Then the Bruins outscored the Huskies 18-2 over the final two minutes of the first half and the first three minutes of the second.

Observations: Spencer Hawes led UW with 21 points, and he has now scored 20 or more in six of his last seven games. … UW forward Jon Brockman had 10 rebounds, marking his fourth straight game of 10 or more. …. Washington fell to 0-3 on the road this season and to 0-2 in Pacific-10 Conference play. It was UW’s 41st loss at Pauley Pavilion in 44 games. The Huskies fell to 2-27 all-time against No. 1-ranked teams, 1-18 against No. 1-ranked UCLA teams, and 0-11 against No. 1 teams are the road. … Former Husky and current New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson was in attendance. The Knicks were in Los Angeles to play the Clippers, but Robinson was ineligible while serving a 10-game suspension for fighting.

Quotable: "The backcourt was spectacular today – they managed 20 assists and only turned it over twice. I thought Aaron Afflalo played the best game of his career. We really answered the bell today. That was a very good team we beat." – UCLA coach Ben Howland.

Next: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, No. 7 Arizona, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

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