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No. 1 Bruins blast Michigan

Oregon continues best start since 1946-47 season

December 24, 2006

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— Josh Shipp scored 18 points, Arron Afflalo added 17, and No. 1 UCLA overpowered Michigan, 92-55, on Saturday.

Darren Collison added 15 points and eight assists, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 13 points for the Bruins (11-0), who are off to their best start since the 1993-94 season, when they won their first 14 games.

Michigan (11-2) is off to its best start in 14 years, but the Wolverines were playing just their third road game. And they have beaten only two teams - Davidson and Harvard - with winning records.

Courtney Sims scored 13 points for Michigan, which shot 46 percent (23-of-50) but committed a season-high 23 turnovers.

UCLA shot 33-of-56, including 11-of-20 from three-point range, and outrebounded the Wolverines 28-24.

The Bruins outscored the Wolverines 10-2 in the first three minutes of the second half for a 46-25 lead.

No. 4 Wisconsin 83, Pacific 47

Madison, Wis. - Kammron Taylor scored 17 points to lead four Badgers in double figures.

Alando Tucker added 15 points for Wisconsin (12-1), while Brian Butch and Joe Krabbenhoft had 11 each.

Steffan Johnson had 16 points for Pacific (3-9), which has lost its last six games.

No. 7 Pittsburgh 84, Dayton 54

Pittsburgh - Sam Young scored a career-high 18 points for the Panthers, who bounced back from consecutive losses to ranked teams.

Levance Fields finished with 17 points, one off his career high, for Pitt (11-2).

Brian Roberts scored 21 points for Dayton (10-2).

No. 10 Alabama 99, Coppin State 49

Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Alonzo Gee was 12-for-14 from the field for a career-high 26 points and had nine rebounds to lead the Crimson Tide.

Alabama (11-1) broke the game open with a 33-12 run and led 55-30 at halftime.

Tywain McKee led Coppin State with 12 points.

No. 12 LSU 68, Louisiana Tech 52

Baton Rouge, La. - Glen Davis bounced back from a

season-low eight points with 23, and Terry Martin added 19 to lead the Tigers.

LSU (7-3) extended its homecourt winning streak against Louisiana schools to 64 games.

Louisiana Tech (2-9) is the last team to win at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, that coming 18 seasons ago.

No. 18 Memphis 86, Middle Tennessee 46

Memphis, Tenn. - Doneal Mack scored 18 points to lead five Tigers in double figures.

Jeremy Hunt added 16 points for Memphis (9-3), while Chris Douglas-Roberts went 5-for-6 from the field and had 13. Willie Kemp and Robert Dozier each had 11 points.

Demond Yates had 12 points for the Blue Raiders (4-7).

No. 21 Oregon 84, Mercer 64

Eugene, Ore. - Aaron Brooks scored 27 points, and Bryce Taylor added 21 to lead Oregon, which is off to its best start in 60 years.

Maarty Leunen had 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and Adam Zahn added career highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds for Oregon (11-0).

Freshman James Florence had 19 points for Mercer (5-6).

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