Sunday, December 31, 2006

Bruins run away from Huskies

The Huskies are taking on #1 UCLA today in Pauley Pavillion trying to salvage a split on their road trip to LA. This will be the 29th time UW has faced a team rated No. 1 in the country. The Huskies are 2-26 in the previous 28 games, beating Stanford in 2004 and UCLA in 1979, both at home. UW is 0-10 on the road against teams ranked No. 1 in the country.

The Huskies came out slow but were at least hanging around until the last two minutes of the first half. UCLA scored nine unanswered points to end the half, including a three-pointer by Arron Afflalo as it ended, to take a 47-33 halftime lead.

UW's offense isn't clicking at all today, Justin Dentmon has three turnovers and is just 1-5 from the field and the Huskies are only 1-5 on three-point range. UW has to figure out a way to slow down Afflalo, who has 20 points. He's been hot against everyone who's covered him, mostly Adrian Oliver, and Phil Nelson.

Shades of Gonzaga when they had no answer for Raivio.

The flood gates opened in the second half as Washington trailed by as much 23 as the Bruins ran away with the game. Arron Afflalo equaled his career high with 27 points and tied a season high with five 3-pointers, and # 1 UCLA used aggressive runs in both halves to beat Washington 96-74.

Washington was led by 21 points from Spencer Hawes. Jon Brockman added 13 points. The Huskies are having major problems on the permiter this season, and committed 22 turnovers that led to 34 points for UCLA.

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