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Afflalo, UCLA hold off late charge from Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- For the first time in nine years, the

Bruins were winners at McKale Center.

Arron Afflalo scored 22 points and No. 17 UCLA, which shot 61

percent, held off a late Arizona rally to beat the 23rd-ranked

Wildcats 85-79 on Thursday night.

"We hit some tough shots," Bruins coach Ben Howland said. "It

was a night of tough shots."

The Bruins (12-2, 2-1 Pac-10) never trailed in the second half

and were up by as many as nine points, but the Wildcats (9-4, 2-1)

twice cut the lead to two in the final minute.

Afflalo's biggest basket may have been the running, 12-foot bank

shot that put the Bruins ahead 75-68 with 3:14 to go.

"I take that shot when I play around," he said. "It is not

something I would ever insist on playing in the game. The situation

made it one I had to go to."

Howland called it "a huge shot and a huge play."

UCLA sealed the victory by making six consecutive free throws,

the first four by Jordan Farmar and the last two by Josh Shipp.

Nine players scored for the young but deep Bruins.

"They played well. You've got to give props where it's due,"

Arizona's Hassan Adams said. "That ball was just bouncing their

way, really it was."

Adams scored 21 points, while Marcus Williams added 19 for

Arizona. Ivan Radenovic had 17 points, Chris Rodgers 12 and Kirk

Walters 10 in a loss that snapped the Wildcats' seven-game winning

streak. Rodgers had five steals and Adams four.

The Bruins, who survived 23 turnovers, took the lead for good

with a 5-0 spurt to end the first half, going up 39-35. They made

it a 10-0 run by scoring the first five points of the second half,

taking a 44-35 lead on Lorenzo Mata's stuff with 18:30 remaining.

Arizona scored the next six points, four on free throws by

Williams, but the Bruins got the next five, capped by Afflalo's

three-point play to boost the lead to 49-41 with 15:37 to play.

The Wildcats stayed within single digits, and cut it to 66-63 on

Adams' steal and breakaway stuff with 6:28 remaining. But Afflalo

hit a 15-footer from the baseline and Mata made three of four free

throws, the last two with 5:25 left to put UCLA up 71-63.

The Wildcats made it interesting at the end for the loud home

crowd. Darren Collison made two free throws to put UCLA ahead 79-72

with 1:22 to go, but Adams stole the ball at midcourt and his layup

made it 79-74 with 40 seconds remaining. Rogers' stole Afflalo's

inbound pass, scored and was fouled. He made the free throw to cut

the lead to 79-77 with 35 seconds to play.

"We had it right there," Williams said, "but the little

mistakes down the stretch just cost us."

Farmar's two free throws boosted it to 81-77, but Williams hit a

15-footer to cut the lead to 81-79 with 20 seconds left. Farmar

made two more from the line with 10 seconds left, and Shipp's steal

and two free throws sealed it.

"It seemed like every time they got a decent look they put it

away," said Arizona coach Lute Olson, whose team was back in the

national rankings after a two-week absence. "We made, I thought,

too many mistakes in terms of defensive play on penetration. We

gave up far too many penetrations to the basket area. Probably 95

percent were right-hand drives and that's the thing we needed to

take away."

UCLA shot 68 percent (17-for-25) in the first half and 31-for-51


The Bruins scored the first eight points of the game, but the

Wildcats used a 13-2 run to go up 19-14 on Williams' 14-footer with

9:47 to go.

After that, there were nine lead changes before the Bruins' late

first-half spurt.