Saturday, February 11, 2006

Careless in Seattle, Bruins Lose

By Bruin Basketball Report

Box Score

In a messy game with 35 turnovers and 54 personal fouls, the UCLA Bruins were defeated by the Washington Huskies, 70-67, at Bank of America Arena in Seattle on Saturday.

With the Bruins down 68-66 and twenty seconds remaining in the game, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute tipped a Jon Brockman errant pass and then volley-balled the basketball back out to a breaking Collison who was fouled on a lay-up attempt - but could not complete the basket for a three-point play opportunity.

Instead, Collison was left with two foul shots to tie the game - but he missed the first free throw before sinking the second.

The Bruins needing to get back the ball fouled Dentmon on the ensuing play with just eight seconds left. Dentmon calmly hit both free throws for the final margin of victory.

Yet, the Bruins did not lose the game in the final minute of play - instead they lost the game in the first 39 minutes.

UCLA (20-5, 10-3) played perhaps its shoddiest offensive game in Pac-10 conference play this year.

Whether it was Washington's solid pressure defense, or simply fatigue, the Bruin offense was out of sync for most of the game.

Sophomores Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo, who both combined to outscore the entire Washington St. Cougar team on Thursday, were mostly ineffective on Saturday against the Huskies.

Afflalo was non-existent on offense scoring only 5 points on 2 of 10 shooting from the field. He shot only 1 of 5 from the three point arc and suffered from foul trouble in the second half which limited his effectiveness on defense.

Farmar, who is playing with two sore ankles, was hounded by the Huskies’ big guards Brandon Roy (6’6) and Bobby Jones (6’7) all game long. He scored 13 points on only 2 of 13 shooting (1 of 8 on three-pointers) and committed 7 costly turnovers.

As a team the Bruins committed 20 turnovers from which the Huskies converted into 24 points in the game.

A total of 54 personal fouls were called in the game, 27 on each team, resulting in a total of 63 free throw attempts. However, the Huskies capitalized in this area versus the Bruins as well.

For the game, the Huskies shot 28 of 34 from the foul line (82.4%); while the Bruins only shot 19 of 29 (65.5%)

The Huskies shot only 39.6% from the field and their leading scorer, Brandon Roy, made only 3 of 11; while the Bruins shot 42.3%. Washington was also rebounded by the Bruins, 32-22.

But the Bruins could not overcome their turnovers and poor foul shooting from the line.

Roy finished with 20 points shooting 13 of 16 from the foul line; and Justin Denton added 16 points for the Huskies in their victory.

The only Bruin highlight of the game was the play of their freshmen from Cameroon.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute finished with 11 points and 4 rebounds despite suffering from early foul trouble. His hustle and defense especially at the end of the game almost helped the Bruins pull out a victory.

While Alfred Aboya had his best game as a Bruin. He played a career-high 31 minutes and scored 15 points on 6 of 6 shooting and grabbed 8 rebounds. Aboya kept the Bruins in the game in the second half with his offensive rebounding and scoring in the paint.

One tends to believe that UCLA basketball fans have only begun to see the real Alfred Aboya.

The Washington Huskies won a must-win game at home to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive. They are now 18-5 overall but more importantly 7-5 in the Pac-10 standings. They have now won three games in a row against the Bruins.

No.12 ranked UCLA perhaps lost an opportunity to jump into next week’s top 10 rankings with their defeat. The team also suffered its first road loss of the year and is now 5-1 in away games.

The Bruins are only 1/2 game in front of the California Bears in the Pac-10 conference. They will have time to re-group as they do not play again until February 19 when they face USC at the Sports Arena.


(photo credit: AP)


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