10:30 PM ET, January 18, 2007
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A slow start against an opponent's zone put UCLA in an 11-point hole. Eventually, the Bruins (No. 2 ESPN/USA Today; No. 3 AP) shot their way out of trouble to remain undefeated at home.Darren Collison scored 16 points to help UCLA rally in the second half for a 60-50 win over Arizona State on Thursday night and remain tied atop the Pac-10."There's going to be times where we're going to have trouble with teams and then everybody is going to say, `The underdogs gave you a good run," Collison said. "We're just happy that we won."The Bruins struggled to start the game, falling behind 17-6 and going 2-of-10 from the floor, with eight of those attempts 3-pointers against the Sun Devils' zone."That's nothing we want to make a habit of because you'll lose to a better team, especially when you let them jump on you by 11," Arron Afflalo said. "That was definitely uncalled for. We just have to do a better job of being mentally ready for the game."Afflalo added 13 points, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had a career-high 14 rebounds and Josh Shipp had 12 points after returning from a hamstring tear in time to outduel his little brother, Jerren, who had eight points for the Sun Devils."It was definitely fun to be back out there," said Josh, who missed UCLA's last-second win against Southern California last week. "Playing against my brother was kind of weird, but fun at the same time."The brothers clasped hands and Josh whispered in Jerren's ear as the teams greeted each other after the game."He told me to keep my head up and that I had a good game," Jerren said.UCLA (16-1, 5-1) is tied for first with No. 9 Oregon, a 66-59 winner over Stanford on Thursday.Chris Polk scored 16 points to lead the Sun Devils (6-12, 0-7 Pac-10), who are winless on the road this season and at UCLA since 2003. Jeff Pendergraph's streak of double-double games ended at nine, when he finished with eight points and three rebounds."The defenses had the upperhand most of the night for both teams," first-year ASU coach Herb Sendek said. "Our inability to score consistently made beating an outstanding UCLA team something beyond our grasp."The Bruins ran off seven points in a row to start the second half and gain their first lead since the beginning of the game. Josh Shipp grabbed an offensive rebound and scored, then got the crowd excited with a fastbreak reverse dunk that seemed to say, "This is for you, baby brother."When Jerren Shipp went to the line after UCLA had taken a 41-39 lead, fans chanted "Josh is better!" and the younger Shipp missed both."It was a little harsh," Josh said with a grin. "I kind of felt bad for him. It's one of those things -- he's on the road and it's UCLA against Arizona State, so he's bound to get that."Deborah Shipp, whose oldest son Joe starred at California a few years ago, sat on Arizona State's side."She's just proud of both of us," Josh said. "She was rooting for both."Michael Roll and Collison hit consecutive 3-pointers in UCLA's 16-4 run. Collison got fouled on his shot as he fell on his backside, then pumped his right fist. He got up and made the free throw and next scored on a fastbreak off Alfred Aboya's steal for a 50-41 lead."I tried to create the contact and I got it," Collison said.Afflalo sloppily tipped the ball to Jerren Shipp, who took off for the basket, but Josh Shipp was there to get a hand up and keep his freshman brother from scoring."I'm very disappointed," Jerren said. "I thought we had a chance coming into the game to beat them, even though nobody thought we could. We let the game slip away."The Sun Devils managed just 13 points in the second half -- six by Polk and five by Allen Morill -- which was a season-low by a UCLA opponent. They were 1-of-10 from the floor to start, the same woes that plagued UCLA in the game's early going."We didn't come down with enough rebounds or even get a couple key loose balls," Sendek said. "We have very little margin for error in some of those categories."During Arizona State's run, Josh Shipp fouled brother Jerren, who completed the three-point play for the Sun Devils.The Bruins climbed back with a 23-12 run, capped by Josh Shipp's three-point play, that tied the game at 29. He picked up his third foul 2 1/2 minutes later and didn't start the second half.ASU outscored UCLA 8-5 to end the half ahead 37-34.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-45 (.444)||22-50 (.440)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-11 (.455)||7-25 (.280)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-7 (.714)||9-12 (.750)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||14 (0/0)||10 (0/0)|