UCLA Overpowers Titans to Stay Unbeaten

Dec. 5, 2006

Box Score

Westwood, CA - Arron Afflalo scored 20 points and Josh Shipp added 16 Tuesday night to lead No. 1-ranked UCLA to a 78-54 victory over Cal State Fullerton. The Bruins remained unbeaten at 7-0 while the Titans fell to 5-2 despite dominating the early minutes of the game and building a 10-point lead.

Bobby Brown led the Titans with 18 points and Scott Cutley had 11, all in the first half.

Center Lorenzo Mata helped the Bruins dominate the paint with 16 rebounds.

Fullerton was within 6 points at 53-47 after a Marcus Crenshaw 3-pointer with about 8 minutes remaining. But the Bruins went on an 8-0 run before Brown nailed a 3-pointer.

Fullerton got off to a fast start and with Brown hitting his first three shuts, opened up a 14-4 lead that forced a UCLA timeout.

The Titans lost their momentum amidst a flurry of turnovers and fouls and the Bruins went on an extended 22-6 run for a 26-20 lead. The Titans caught up at 28-28 with 3:51 to play on two Brown free throws but the Bruins jumped out to a 6-point lead when the Titans lost the ball playing for the final shot on a charging call on Cutley and Afflalo buried a 3-pointer at the half time buzzer to make it 39-33. "They wore us down with their strength and defense," said Head Coach Bob Burton. "They are such a second-half team, but we had to keep our best players on the floor to stay in it, and that affected us in the second half. "Their depth, their defense and way too many turnovers, especially from our '4' and '5' guys. I'm disappointed. You know you can get beat like that here. This shows your weaknesses and we know what we have to work on."

The Titans didn't get much production from Frank Robinson. He picked up his third foul with 6:36 to go in the half and got No. 4 3:15 into the second half.

Each team committed 14 turnovers in the rapidly paced game, a far cry from the slowdown game UC Riverside played in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday.

After Burns got the Titans a quick bucket in the second half, the rash of turnovers returned and UCLA gradually pulled out to a double digit lead as the Titans went more than 6 minutes without scoring. Burns got free for a couple close-in shots but that was it and Fullerton was down, 49-39 with 11:20 left.

Fullerton is now 0-9 against UCLA with all nine games played at Pauley Pavilion. Fullerton is 1-6 vs. No..1-ranked teams after a 1-5 effort against top-ranked UNLV teams.

Fullerton is back in Los Angeles County on Saturday night playing at Pepperdine, which is coming off a victory at Colorado.