Arron Afflalo scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half and No. 11 UCLA beat Stanford 71-54 on Thursday night, snapping two losing streaks...
LOS ANGELES — Arron Afflalo scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half and No. 11 UCLA beat Stanford 71-54 on Thursday night, snapping two losing streaks to the Cardinal in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.
The Bruins had lost eight straight at home to Stanford and six in a row overall. The win was the eighth straight for UCLA, which is off to its best start since the national championship season of 1994-95.
UCLA (11-1) opened the game with an 18-1 run, capped by a jumper from Ryan Wright with 14:23 to play. Stanford never cut the deficit to single digits.
“When I finished watching the tape from last year I was embarrassed with our effort,” Bruins coach Ben Howland said. “I am so much happier with where we are now than a year ago.”
Luc Richard Mbah A Moute had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins. Josh Shipp scored 11.
UCLA senior forward Cedric Bozeman missed the game after tearing cartilage in his left shoulder at practice on Tuesday. The team learned of the injury Thursday morning after an MRI on Wednesday night. He will miss at least three weeks.
Arizona 70, Washington St. 52
In Spokane, Hassan Adams scored 25 points to lead Arizona past Washington State in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.
“We like flying under the radar,” Adams said. “If we make it to the Final Four, we won’t care what [ranking] number is beside our name.”
The Wildcats (8-3) were ranked in 312 consecutive regular-season polls until last week.
Marcus Williams had 15 points for the defending Pac-10 champion Wildcats. Derrick Low led Washington State (7-3) with 11 points.
Washington State trailed 24-22 before Adams scored six points to key an 11-4 Arizona run in the last three minutes of the first half. The Wildcats’ 35-26 halftime lead grew to 49-32 after Adams scored the last 10 Arizona points of a 14-6 Wildcats’ spurt to open the second half.
The Cougars followed with 10 unanswered points to pull to 49-42, but WSU never drew closer.
The Wildcats extended their winning streak to six and ended Washington State’s winning streak at three.
California 62, at USC 58
Leon Powe had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Ayinde Ubaka scored seven of his nine points in the final 4:53 as California beat USC.
Richard Midgley and Omar Wilkes each had 11 points for the Golden Bears (6-4), which never trailed in the game while winning on the road for the first time in four tries this season. It’s the first time they won a conference opener on the road since 1982 against Stanford.
“It’s a great accomplishment. That shows how tough this conference is,” said Cal coach Ben Braun, whose team was 6-12 in Pac-10 play last season. “For any team in a tough conference, when you can go and nail down a win on the road in your opener, that’s a statement. I don’t care where you are or who you’re playing.”
Nick Young and Lodrick Stewart, the former Rainier Beach High star, each scored 16 points and Gabe Pruitt scored 13 for the Trojans (9-3), who had their nine-game winning streak snapped.