Bruins topple first-place Huskies

Josh Shipp scored 20 points, one of five Bruins to score in double-digits as UCLA put away a game Washington Huskies team 85-76 Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion. Darren Collison added 17 for the Bruins, while Nikola Dragovic scored 15, Alfred Aboya 13 and Jrue Holiday 10 for UCLA.

With the win, UCLA (20-6, 9-4) joined Arizona State in their quest to upend Washington (19-7, 10-4), who are still percentage points in front of both the Bruins and Sun Devils due to number of games played. Justin Dentmon scored 22 points to pace the Huskies on 4-5 shooting from 3-point range. Senior forward Jon Brockman recorded his nation-leading 55th career double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas and Quincy Pondexter chipped in 12 apiece.

The game was nearly a carbon-copy of Washington's 85-75 win over UCLA back on January 24th. In that game, the Huskies held the lead in the second half and were able to extend at the end when the Bruins tried to force things. The same thing happened at Pauley on Thursday.

The Huskies, down by seven at half, tried their best to weather some Bruin runs, and was even able to tie the game up at 55 with 11:08 left on a Pondexter layin. UCLA's Michael Roll made one of two free throws with 7:21 left to push the Bruins' advantage to nine, yet Washington stormed right back with the help of five-straight points from Dentmon.

After the final television timeout, the Huskies were able to score via a Pondexter layin to cut UCLA's lead to two at 71-69, but that's as close as they would get. A Holiday layin, a missed front end by Thomas and an Aboya jumper from the right elbow gave UCLA a six-point cushion. Then all they had to do was put the ball in the capable hands of Collison, a 90-percent shooter from the stripe.

In the end, when Washington needed stops against the Bruins to claw their way back into the game, they couldn't put a run of good defense together. They had their moments, but were never able to force UCLA into a situation where they went a few minutes without a basket. Credit the Bruins for a strong shooting night from 3-point range, where Dragovic and Shipp combined for 6-of-10 from deep - as well as a productive night from Aboya inside. Even though Washington outscored UCLA 54-32 when counting points in the paint, the Bruins were able to mix in enough offense close to the hoop to allow their shooters clean looks.

Overall, the referees definitely let the play speak for itself, only calling 27 total fouls. UCLA was called for only three fouls the entire first half. Because of that, Washington was not able to take advantage of getting to the free throw line like they did against the Bruins in their first game. The Huskies only shot 10 free throws, making four - only 32 points less than they scored from the stripe in Seattle.
Statistics:
Points: Dentmon 22, Brockman 16, Pondexter 12, Thomas 12, Overton 6, Gant 4, Holiday 2, Bryan-Amaning 2
Rebounds: Brockman 14, Pondexter 7, Thomas 6, Gant 3, Holiday 2, Bryan-Amaning 2, Dentmon 1
Assists: Holiday 4, Overton 3, Dentmon 2, Brockman 2, Thomas 2, Pondexter 1, Bryan-Amaning 1
Steals: Dentmon 3, Brockman 2, Overton 2, Gant 1
Blocks: Pondexter 1, Overton 1


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