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Pauley plenty of trouble for UW

Huskies fall to 1-22 at UCLA since 1987

Washington’s Justin Dentmon (5) goes to the basket as UCLA’s Nikola Dragovic (41) and Drew Gordon defend.   (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington’s Justin Dentmon (5) goes to the basket as UCLA’s Nikola Dragovic (41) and Drew Gordon defend. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Beth Harris Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – Josh Shipp scored 20 points and No. 20 UCLA held off 22nd-ranked Washington 85-76 Thursday night to move into a second-place tie in the Pac-10, a half-game behind the first-place Huskies.

Darren Collison added 17 points, Nikola Dragovic 15, and Alfred Aboya had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins, who kept alive their bid for a fourth consecutive league title.

Washington’s Justin Dentmon scored 22 points and Jon Brockman had 16 points and 14 rebounds for his 55th career double-double, most among college basketball’s active players. Isaiah Thomas and Quincy Pondexter added 12 points each.

The Bruins (20-6, 9-4 Pac-10) were coming off back-to-back road losses last week in Arizona, and wanted to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2005, when they were beaten by Arizona, Stanford and California in coach Ben Howland’s second season.

They did that, and in the process notched the 45th 20-win season in school history.

The Huskies (19-7, 10-4) trailed virtually the entire game at Pauley Pavilion, where they fell to 1-22 since the 1986-87 season. Their three-game winning streak ended, too.

The Huskies, who got to the line for 43 free throws in their 86-75 victory over UCLA on Jan. 24, hit four of 10 this time, while UCLA was 15 of 18.

Washington got within two points with 3:45 remaining on a basket by Pondexter. But the Bruins outscored the Huskies 12-7, including six in a row, to end the game.

UCLA 85, Washington 76

 Washington (19-7, 10-4)—Brockman 7-14 2-4 16, Thomas 5-14 2-6 12, Dentmon 9-16 0-0 22, Pondexter 6-10 0-0 12, Gant 2-4 0-0 4, Holiday 1-2 0-0 2, Overton 3-3 0-0 6, Bryan-Amaning 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 34-68 4-10 76.

UCLA (20-6, 9-4)—Holiday 4-9 2-2 10, Aboya 6-12 1-2 13, Collison 6-14 4-4 17, Shipp 6-10 5-6 20, Dragovic 6-10 0-0 15, Lee 0-1 0-0 0, Keefe 0-0 2-2 2, Roll 2-4 1-2 6, Gordon 1-3 0-0 2, Anderson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-64 15-18 85. Halftime—UCLA 34-27. 3-Point Goals—Washington 4-8 (Dentmon 4-5, Thomas 0-3), UCLA 8-17 (Shipp 3-3, Dragovic 3-7, Roll 1-2, Collison 1-3, Holiday 0-2). Fouled Out—Brockman. Rebounds—Washington 36 (Brockman 14), UCLA 36 (Aboya 11). Assists—Washington 15 (Holiday 4), UCLA 16 (Collison 5). Total Fouls—Washington 16, UCLA 11. A—NA.

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