Arron Afflalo's focus during film sessions paid off. Afflalo scored 20 points and made a key steal and assist late to help No. 14 UCLA hold off...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Arron Afflalo’s focus during film sessions paid off.
Afflalo scored 20 points and made a key steal and assist late to help No. 14 UCLA hold off a late rally and beat Michigan 68-61 Saturday.
The Bruins led by 13 with 4:35 to go, but were clinging to a 63-59 lead a couple of minutes later. That’s when Afflalo stepped in front of Michigan point guard Daniel Horton to steal Graham Brown’s outlet pass, then made a short pass to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute for a layup that put the Bruins ahead by six with 1:23 left.
“That was the play of the game,” said UCLA coach Ben Howland.
Jordan Farmar had 21 points for the Bruins (8-1), who are off to their best start since the 1997-98 season.
“It was a huge game. Our first road game,” Afflalo said.
Michigan (7-1) was undefeated through seven games for the first time in nine years. But its top two scorers struggled.
No. 24 Arizona 73, at Utah 43
Hassan Adams scored 27 points and Chris Rodgers added 13 for the Wildcats (5-3), who got their first three-game win streak of the season.
The Wildcats shot 48 percent, forced 24 turnovers and blocked seven shots while beating the Utes (5-3) for the second straight season.
Utah struggled against Arizona’s pressure all game and the Wildcats pulled away with a 14-3 run midway through the second half and turned the game into a rout.
Bryant Markson led Utah with 19 points — nearly half of the Utes’ total. The Utes face Washington State on Thursday at KeyArena.
At No. 22 Iowa 62, Arizona St. 43
Adam Haluska scored 17 points, but it was Iowa’s stingy defense that allowed the Hawkeyes (8-3) to snap a two-game losing streak. The Hawkeyes held the Sun Devils (4-3) to season-lows in points and field-goal percentage (34).
At Washington St. 61, Portland 46
Reserve guard Josh Akognon scored all 10 of his points in the first nine minutes of the second half Saturday to spark the Cougars (6-2)
Washington State’s reserves, led by Ivory Clark’s team-high 12 points, outscored Portland’s reserves 46-10. Darren Cooper led Portland (4-6) with 18 points.
At Oregon St. 64, Georgia 60
Chris Stephens had 25 points and hit 8 of 8 free throws down the stretch for the Beavers (4-3), who snapped a seven-game winning streak by the Bulldogs (7-2). The Beavers won despite committing 17 turnovers.
Levi Stukes scored 11 points to lead Georgia.
At New Mexico 68, Oregon 61
David Chiotti had 18 points to lead the Lobos (6-3) over the Ducks (5-4).
The Ducks overcame a 30-23 halftime deficit. Malik Hairston, who led Oregon with 16 points, had nine of his team’s first 16 points after the break to lead the rally. Franklin High grad Aaron Brooks had 14 points.
Virginia Tech 59, Stanford 52
Virginia Tech’s Coleman Collins had 16 points and Jamon Gordon added 12 points as the Hokies overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Stanford in the nightcap of the Las Vegas Showdown.
Virginia Tech held Stanford to two points over the final 3:43 and Markus Sailes hit a three-pointer with 23.8 seconds to play to stretch the lead to six.