first_imgThis was bound to happen sooner or later. It was a surprise that UCLA hadn’t stumbled earlier. But the injury bug that has plagued UCLA all season finally took its toll on the Bruins, as they squandered a 15-point first-half lead and Washington did whatever it wanted inside to post a 69-65 win on Saturday in front of 10,232 at Pauley Pavilion. In what has become typical fashion, UCLA lost another player to an injury, this time forward Alfred Aboya. The diagnosis is a sprained right knee, the one he had surgery on in July. An MRI was scheduled for Saturday night. The frontcourt is an area in which the Bruins can ill afford another setback, as they’re already too thin at center. And against the Huskies, that lack of depth in the middle showed. “Any time you allow a team to shoot 64 percent and you get outboarded (by six) and turn it over 19 times … it was disappointing,” Howland said. “The five-spot, rebounding wise, we’ve got to get more from that spot.” The UCLA centers combined for four rebounds, although forward Luc Mbah a Moute had a fine game with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Washington took its first lead of the second half on a Jamaal Williams basket inside, something that happened all too frequently, for a 61-60 lead with about three minutes left. On the Huskies’ next possession, Ryan Appleby made a 3-pointer from the top of the arc for a 64-60 lead. Darren Collison made a driving layup for the Bruins to make it a two-point deficit, and thenWashington inexplicably didn’t get a shot off before the shot clock expired. After several missed shots and fouls, Washington’s Bobby Jones made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to make it 66-62. Afflalo, wearing No. 44 because he got blood on his No. 4 jersey (from diving for a loose ball), made a 3-pointer from the right wing to pull the Bruins to within 66-65. Jones made the front end of a one-and-one but missed the second and Afflalo got the rebound. As he pushed the ball upcourt, he passed it to Mbah a Moute in the lane, who was called for traveling. “I thought he was going for the basket,” Mbah a Moute said. “I didn’t think he was going to pass me the ball. I was going for the rebound. I was going too fast, I guess.” Washington’s leading scorer, Brandon Roy, was held to 10 points but it didn’t matter since the frontcourt players had so much success. Jones had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Williams scored 14. Freshman Jon Brockman had 12 points and six rebounds. UCLA freshman Ryan Wright, making his first start at center, had eight points but no rebounds. Center Ryan Hollins played for the first time after missing seven games with a groin injury and had four rebounds and a turnover, along with three fouls. Michael Fey (sprained ankle) was ruled out for the game earlier in the week but unexpectedly suited up. He played just one minute and his only contribution was a turnover. The 7-footer is expected to return to practice this week. Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615jill.painter@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita No. 11 UCLA (14-3) fell to 4-2 in the Pac-10 Conference but is still in first place by a half-game over four teams. No. 13 Washington (14-2) improved to 3-2 and is one of those four teams tied for second place. As everyone knows, UCLA goes as its guards go. Point guard Jordan Farmar had 12 assists but was held to three points. Arron Afflalo, UCLA’s leading scorer, had 16 points. “I think we just missed a lot of open shots,” Afflalo said. “I was 6 for 15 and Jordan was 1 for 7. We get the bulk of the shots on this team, and if we don’t knock down the open shots, we’re not going to win too much.” UCLA freshman guard Michael Roll had 14 of his 17 points in the first half. He made 5 of 6 3-pointers – mostly on open looks off screens – but just one in the second half. Washington coach Lorenzo Romar pointed to the Huskies’ improved ball-screen defense in the second half. UCLA’s defense was worse. The Bruins allowed the Huskies to shoot 64 percent from the field in the second half, much to Ben Howland’s chagrin. last_img

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