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PAC-10 Champs - UCLA Bruins Defeat the WSU Cougars
The Bruins should have been worried, walking onto a court of 11,000 hardcore WSU fans, jumping and cheering at the top of their lungs -- "should have", but they weren't. Instead they bounced back from a 23-22 halftime deficit and extinguished any notion that they did not have control. UCLA finished the game 53-45 over WSU, and clinched the Pac-10 title; meaning UCLA could become the top seed entering the NCAA Tournament.
Arron Afflalo led Bruin scoring with 14 points, Josh Shipp sank 12 points, and Darren Collison finished with 7 points and 8 assists. The Bruins had won 13 straight at Washington State entering this game, however this year's WSU team was considered a major contender, and they sure enough played as one. Cougar defense was much more aggressive, however UCLA's offense was eventually able to overcome.
This game is only a preview of what the Bruins are capable of on the road against major contenders.
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