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Top 25: Afflalo and UCLA hold off Michigan rally in 68-61 win

By wire services
Published December 18, 2005

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Arron Afflalo's focus during film sessions paid off.

Afflalo scored 20 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 (8-1) led by 13 with 4:35 to go, but were clinging to a 63-59 lead when Afflalo stepped in front of Michigan point guard Daniel Horton to steal Graham Brown's outlet pass. He 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," UCLA coach Ben Howland said.

Michigan (7-1), which was undefeated through seven games for the first time in nine years, found out it's not quite ready for the Top 25 after facing the Bruins.

"They're deserving of their ranking and their reputation," Wolverines coach Tommy Amaker said. "We have a ways to go - obviously."

NO. 8 OKLAHOMA 68, SOUTHERN U. 54: Taj Gray continued his resurgence with 22 points and 14 rebounds for host Oklahoma (6-1).

NO. 15 GEORGE WASHINGTON 98, MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE 72: Danilo Pinnock scored 18 to lead five players on host George Washington (8-0) in double figures.

NO. 22 IOWA 62, ARIZONA ST. 43: Adam Haluska scored 17, but it was a stingy defense that propeled the host Hawkeyes (8-3).

NO. 24 ARIZONA 73, UTAH 43: Hassan Adams scored 27 and Chris Rodgers added 13, giving the visiting Wildcats their first three-game winning streak of the season. The Wildcats (5-3) shot 48 percent, forced 24 turnovers and blocked seven shots while beating the Utes (5-3) for the second straight season.

S. ALABAMA 66, NO. 25 HOUSTON 62 Richard Law and Chey Christie each scored 12 helping host South Alabama to its sixth straight victory. The winning streak is the longest for Jaguars (7-1) since the 1999-2000 season.


BINGHAMTON 71, NORTH FLORIDA 64: Andre Heard scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half to lead Binghamton (2-6) over visiting North Florida (3-4).

ECKERD 83, PUERTO RICO-RIO PIEDRAS 61: Junior guard Matt Cenatus had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Tritons (8-2, 0-1 SSC) at Lynn University. Cenatus added six steals and five assists. Sophomore guard Damone Morris added 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

MOUNT VERNON NAZARENE 82, TAMPA 76: Mark Borders scored 22 to go with nine assists, but the Spartans (6-2) fell to visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene. Marcus Bright came off the bench to score 18 on 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.

KANSAS STATE 74, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 61: Cartier Martin scored a career-high 27, and Kansas State (7-1) used a second-half surge to beat Bethune-Cookman. Antonio Webb hit seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 29 for Bethune-Cookman (3-6), making its only appearance of the season outside the Eastern time zone.

GEORGETOWN 70, STETSON 50: Roy Hibbert had 17 points and 10 rebounds for host Georgetown (5-2). "We were trying to execute offensively, but they are more talented than we are physically and they took us out of what we wanted to do," Stetson coach Derek Waugh said.


OHIO ST. 70, IOWA ST. 67: Je'Kel Foster scored 28 and visiting Ohio State (7-0) extended its best start in 15 years.

PURDUE 68, NEW ORLEANS 56: Freshman Chris Lutz scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half to lead host Purdue (4-4).

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