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January 19, 2007
No. 3 UCLA rallies past Arizona State
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LOS ANGELES -Darren Collison scored 16 points to help No. 3 UCLA rally in the second half for a 60-50 win over Arizona State on Thursday night and remain tied atop the Pac-10.
The brothers clasped hands and Josh whispered in Jerren's ear as the teams greeted each other after the game.
UCLA (16-1, 5-1) is tied for first with No. 9 Oregon, a 66-59 winner over Stanford on Thursday.
Chris Polk scored 16 points to lead the Sun Devils (6-12, 0-7 Pac-10), who are winless in three conference road games and at UCLA since 2003. Jeff Pendergraph's streak of double-double games ended at nine, when he finished with eight points and three rebounds.
The Bruins ran off seven points in a row to start the second half and gain their first lead since the beginning of the game. Josh Shipp grabbed an offensive rebound and scored, then got the crowd excited with a fastbreak reverse dunk that seemed to say, ``This is for you, baby brother.''
When Jerren Shipp went to the line after UCLA had taken a 41-39 lead, fans chanted ``Josh is better!'' and the younger Shipp missed both.
Michael Roll and Collison hit consecutive 3-pointers in UCLA's 16-4 run. Collison got fouled on his shot as he fell on his backside, then pumped his right fist. He got up and made the free throw and next scored on a fastbreak off Alfred Aboya's steal for a 50-41 lead.
Afflalo sloppily tipped the ball to Jerren Shipp, who took off for the basket, but Josh Shipp was there to get a hand up and keep his freshman brother from scoring.
The Sun Devils managed just 13 points in the second half - six by Polk and five by Allen Morill. They were 1-of-10 from the floor to start, the same woes that plagued UCLA in the game's early going.
The Bruins struggled to start the game, falling behind 17-6 and going 2-of-10 from the floor, with eight of those attempts 3-pointers.
During Arizona State's run, Josh Shipp fouled brother Jerren, who completed the three-point play for the Sun Devils.
The Bruins climbed back with a 23-12 run, capped by Josh Shipp's three-point play, that tied the game at 29. He picked up his third foul 2 1/2 minutes later and didn't start the second half.
ASU outscored UCLA 8-5 to end the half ahead 37-34.