Huskies break streak

It wasn't easy, but the Washington Huskies showed their mettle on the road. Down by 12 at the half against UCLA, they used some hot shooting by Ryan Appleby and some intense defensive pressure to defeat the No. 11 Bruins 69-65 Saturday. It was the first time a Washington men's basketball team has won in Pauley Pavilion since 1987, making the all-time away record with the Bruins now 3-40.

Right now, there are eight teams with two losses each, as the Pac-10 conference championship is once again a wide-open affair.

Jamaal Williams, who led Washington (14-2, 3-2) with 14 points, took a Ryan Appleby feed for a layin with 3:08 left in the game, giving the Huskies their first lead since the beginning of the game. An Appleby three-pointer - one of three he hit in the second half - and three Bobby Jones foul shots, gave Washington the cushion it needed to hold off a game UCLA (14-3, 3-2) team, one decimated with injuries.

The Bruins were up by as many as 15 in the first half, led mostly by the scoring of Arron Afflalo and Michael Roll. Roll, who had a career-high 10 points in a win over Washington State Thursday, went for 14 first-half points Saturday. The Huskies, conversely, could not put the ball in the hoop, shooting 9 percent from three (1-11).

UCLA came out of the second half trying to milk the clock for all it was worth, especially with a depleted team. Josh Shipp and Lorenzo Mata were not available for the game, and Alfred Aboya hurt his knee during the first half and couldn't play the final 20-plus minutes. Point guard Jordan Farmar cut his hand in the first half, limiting his effectiveness as a shooter.

The Bruins were determined to limit Brandon Roy's touches, so the Huskies had to go to other players for scoring punch. Led by Appleby, Washington came out with energy and hit five of their first 6 shots. They pressured the Bruins into tougher shot opportunities and crawled back into the game with clutch scoring. Three three-pointers, from Appleby and Bobby Jones, cut the Bruins' lead to two at 50-48 with 12:18 left in the game. From there on out, it was a slugfest - with both teams absorbing big shots from their opponent.

Freshman Jon Brockman, who has been quiet of late, broke out in a big way with 12 points and six boards, showing nice touch with a jumper and also strength underneath. Jones again provided strength on both ends, coming up with 11 points and 12 rebounds, his second double-double of the road trip.

UCLA was led by Roll, with 17 points and Afflalo with 16. Freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins.
Points: Williams 14, Brockman 12, Jones 11, Roy 10, Appleby 9, Jensen 5, Smith 4, Dentmon 2, Gasser 2
Rebounds: Jones 12, Brockman 6, Roy 3, Appleby 3, Jensen 3, Smith 2, Williams 1, Dentmon 1
Assists: Roy 4, Dentmon 4, Appleby 3, Jones 2, Williams 2, Brockman 1
Steals: Williams 1, Brockman 1, Smith 1
Blocks: Roy 1 Top Stories