Forgettable game for guard Collison

first_imgSEATTLE – Point guard Darren Collison turned the ball over on UCLA’s first two possessions, and Saturday afternoon deteriorated from there on for him. When it was done, No. 2 UCLA was lamenting a 61-51 setback at Washington, and Collison said all he tried to do was make up for his failings in other ways, none of which seemed to work. With Collison playing at his worst, UCLA scored a season-low in points, shot a season-worst 31.3 percent (20 of 64) from the field and had nine assists, one more than its season low. “You can’t talk about anybody’s shooting percentages because everybody has their night,” UCLA guard Arron Afflalo said. “As a point guard, he’s going to have to understand that he has to control both. A lot of our victories come because of him. “He has a lot of pressure of handling what everybody does on the team, so he has to do the best he can and not get caught up in his own percentages, and make sure everybody else has it going. That’s the point guard’s duty.” NCAA hopes: UCLA’s NCAA r sum is well-established, but Washington, which went 1-10 on the road, remains a long shot to make the NCAA Tournament even with wins against the Bruins, Oregon, Stanford and USC. In fact, the Huskies (18-12, 8-10 Pac-10) likely will need to win the Pacific-10 Tournament to gain a berth, and that will mean winning four games in four days. Seventh-place Washington meets 10th-place Arizona State on Wednesday at Staples Center. After playing a near-flawless game in Thursday’s Pacific-10 Conference crown clincher at Washington State, Collison had the worst game of his career. The sophomore missed 12 of his first 13 shots, finished 2 for 15from the field, scored fivepoints, and added five assists and three turnovers. “You want to try and get it back by getting a defensive stop and having real good ball pressure, and that’s something we didn’t do until the end of the game,” Collison said. “I was off. It was tough times. I thought I had some good looks, my shot was right there on the money, but it didn’t go in.” center_img “We’ve got to come out and bring it like we brought it (Saturday),” Washington’s Jon Brockman said. “UCLA, they’re in the tournament for sure, they’re probably a No. 1 seed. We have to bring it every single night for four days in a row, and it’s something we have to start mentally preparing for now.” Quick getaway: UCLA coach Ben Howland and assistants Donny Daniels and Kerry Keating bolted from Seattle on a private plane so they could take in the CIF Southern Section finals at Honda Center in Anaheim. Wooden candidate: Afflalo is among 22 players on the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball’s player of the year. The winner will be announced April 7 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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