UCLA rallies late past USC


Published: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — Arron Afflalo hit a go-ahead jumper with 4 seconds left, Darren Collison scored a career-high 17 points and No. 4 UCLA rallied in the final 4 minutes to beat crosstown rival Southern California 65-64 Saturday.

USC's Gabe Pruitt and Nick Young hit consecutive 3-pointers to tie the score at 63 with 22 seconds to go. Young was fouled and made the free throw for a 64-63 lead.

Afflalo's jumper put the Bruins back in front, 65-64. The Trojans brought the ball past midcourt under heavy pressure, but freshman Taj Gibson was being forced out of bounds as he tossed up a desperation shot that never had a chance.

Afflalo added 15 points and Lorenzo Mata 12 for UCLA.

The Bruins (15-1, 4-1 Pac-10) were coming off a 68-66 loss at Oregon that knocked them out of the No. 1 ranking.

The Trojans (13-5, 3-2) led 55-49 before going scoreless for nearly five minutes. UCLA ran off nine straight points and seemingly had the momentum.

Young finished with 14 points, Lodrick Stewart added 13 and Pruitt 10 for the Trojans, who fell to 3-2 against ranked opponents this season.

NO. 3 WISCONSIN 56, NORTHWESTERN 50

Alando Tucker scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and host Wisconsin held off Northwestern for its 13th consecutive victory.

The Wildcats' Jeff Ryan hit a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left to cut Wisconsin's lead to 52-50, but Kammron Taylor and Tucker each hit two free throws for the Badgers to clinch the win.

Tucker, the Big Ten's second-leading scorer, finished 5-of-12 after shooting just 1-of-5 in the first half. Taylor finished with 12 points after scoring a season-high 25 in Tuesday's 72-69 win over fifth-ranked Ohio State. Brian Butch added nine points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin (17-1, 3-0 Big Ten).

Ryan had 18 points for Northwestern (10-7, 0-4), which lost its fourth straight.

NO. 6 KANSAS 68, IOWA STATE 64 (OT)

Sasha Kaun scored 13 points and Brandon Rush added two key baskets late in overtime to lead visiting Kansas.

The Jayhawks (15-2, 2-0 Big 12) nearly fell to an unranked opponent for the third time this season. But Iowa State shot just 42 percent from the free throw line and was outrebounded 48-32, allowing Kansas to extend its winning streak to nine.

Rush tied the game at 63 on an alley-oop dunk with 1:52 left in OT. He then stripped Mike Taylor on the other end, and his dunk gave Kansas a two-point lead. Corey McIntosh was called for traveling, and Mario Chalmers converted two free throws to put the Jayhawks up by four with 21.9 seconds left.

Taylor finished with 21 points for the Cyclones (11-6, 2-1).

NO. 8 TEXAS A&M 87, COLORADO 69

Joseph Jones scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds as visiting Texas A&M beat Colorado for its eighth straight victory.

The Aggies (15-2, 3-0 Big 12) are off to their best start since opening 16-2 in 1959-60. The last time Texas A&M started 3-0 in league play was 1993-94 when it was a member of the Southwest Conference.

Acie Law, in foul trouble most of the game, had 21 points for the Aggies. Josh Carter scored 19 — including five 3-pointers — before fouling out late. Antanas Kavaliauskas finished with 15 points.

Colorado was led by Dominique Coleman with 17 points. He also had a career-best 13 rebounds.

The Buffaloes (4-9, 0-3) became the first team to score more than 65 points against the Aggies, who came in allowing the third-fewest points per game in the country (52.7).

NO. 12 BUTLER 62, S. DAKOTA ST. 47

Brandon Crone scored 14 points and host Butler beat South Dakota State despite playing without leading scorer A.J. Graves.

Graves had all four wisdom teeth removed on Thursday and watched from the sideline, but the Bulldogs (15-2) hardly missed him against the smaller Jackrabbits (4-13).

Pete Campbell added 11 points for Butler. South Dakota State, in its third season in Division I, shot 36 percent and was led by Kai Williams with 12 points.

MARYLAND 92, NO. 17 CLEMSON 87

Ekene Ibekwe had 20 points and 10 rebounds in host Maryland's victory over Clemson, which had been the last unbeaten team in Division I.

D.J. Strawberry added 14 points and James Gist had 12 for the Terrapins (15-3, 1-2 ACC). Maryland bounced back from poor shooting in a loss to Miami on Wednesday by hitting 65 percent in the first half. James Mays led the Tigers (17-1, 3-1) with 22 points.

NO. 18 AIR FORCE 58, WYOMING 56

Jacob Burtschi made the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 18 points, sending visiting Air Force to a victory over Wyoming.

Burtschi got the ball in the lane on an inbounds play with 1.2 seconds left, dribbled once and easily laid it in. The ball fell through the hoop at the buzzer, sending the Falcons (17-1, 4-0 Mountain West) streaming onto the court in celebration.

But if they had hit their free throws, Air Force would have sealed it earlier. Leading 56-55, the Falcons twice missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and when John Frye fouled Daaron Brown with 21 seconds left he gave Wyoming (11-6, 2-1) a chance to take the lead.

But Brown missed the first of his free throws, too, hitting the second to tie the game at 56.

NO. 20 MEMPHIS 75, SOUTHERN MISS 62

Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 23 points, including nine during a decisive 12-3 run, and visiting Memphis beat Southern Miss.

Douglas-Roberts put together strings of consecutive baskets twice in the second half to end quick-strike spurts by the Golden Eagles and help the Tigers (13-3, 3-0 Conference USA) win their fifth straight. Joey Dorsey added 14 points for Memphis.

The Golden Eagles (11-4, 1-1) were led by Craig Craft's 21 points. Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy was ejected after receiving a second technical for arguing foul calls. Eustachy was kicked out with 2:31 remaining after standing face to face with and screaming at official Larry Rose near midcourt.

MARQUETTE 81, NO. 21 WEST VIRGINIA 63

Dominic James snapped out of his shooting slump, scoring 21 points to help host Marquette beat West Virginia.

The Golden Eagles (15-4, 2-2 Big East ) used a 10-0 run midway through the second half to pull away from the Mountaineers (13-3, 3-2), who have lost two straight on the road after opening conference play 3-0 at home.

Marquette dropped out of the national rankings last week after losing its first two conference games to unranked opponents. But the Golden Eagles rebounded with a victory at No. 24 Connecticut on Wednesday night and have won two in a row against ranked teams.

Frank Young scored 11 points to lead West Virginia.

STANFORD 71, NO. 22 WASHINGTON STATE 68 (OT)

Anthony Goods hit a long 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left and matched his career high with 30 points, lifting host Stanford to a thrilling overtime victory.

The Cougars' Kyle Weaver had 14 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and 10 assists for what is believed to be Washington State's first triple-double in school history. He also had a career-high six steals and helped the Cougars force OT with a late rally.

Lawrence Hill added 15 points and nine rebounds for Stanford (11-4, 3-2 Pac-10), which earned its third straight narrow victory.

Washington State (15-3, 4-2), which outscored Stanford 10-1 over the final 2:45 of regulation, had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Weaver's triple-double is the first at Washington State since at least 1968-69. Some school records before then are incomplete.

NO. 25 TEXAS 80, OKLAHOMA 69

Freshman Kevin Durant had his usual stellar game with 28 points and 13 rebounds, and host Texas overwhelmed Big 12 rival Oklahoma.

Durant, who leads the league in scoring and rebounding, just missed his third straight 30-point game. He can blame coach Rick Barnes, who took him out with more than 4 minutes to play and Texas leading 79-52.

A.J. Abrams added 20 points for the Longhorns (13-3, 3-0), hitting five 3-pointers. Texas has hit 34 from long range in its first three Big 12 games.

Nate Carter scored 18 to lead Oklahoma (9-6, 1-2), which has lost three of four. The Sooners played without center Longar Longar, their leading scorer and rebounder, after he was suspended Friday for two games for throwing an elbow that caused a serious injury to a Texas Tech player earlier in the week.

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