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Collison doesn't rest as Bruins earn title

Junior guard Darren Collison scores 28 for the Bruins and thus earns the privilege 
of cutting some net.

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Junior guard Darren Collison scores 28 for the Bruins and thus earns the privilege of cutting some net.

LOS ANGELES — Running pick-and-roll plays like the two-time Final Four veteran he is, Darren Collison guided No. 3 UCLA through its fourth close call in a week.

Collison scored 28 playing all 40 minutes and the Bruins beat 11th-ranked Stanford 67-64 to win the Pac-10 tournament title Saturday.

"I felt real confident," he said. "They had a hard time stopping the pick-and-roll. That was a big key for us, so we kept going to it."

The Bruins used a 22-8 run in the second half to earn their 10th victory in a row and add the title to their third consecutive regular-season crown. They swept Stanford in the regular season, including an overtime win last week to clinch the league title.

"To be able to beat Stanford three times in a row is incredible," UCLA coach Ben Howland said. "I think they have the ability to be a Final Four team. I'm glad they're not in our bracket anymore."

Brook Lopez scored 15 and Anthony Goods added 13 for the Cardinal, which was going for its first league tourney title since 2004. It has won nine of 13 heading into the NCAA Tournament.

This time, the Bruins beat the Cardinal at its own game, winning the rebound battle 43-35, including a 21-5 offensive edge.

That seemed unlikely after Luc Richard Mbah a Moute went down with a sprained ankle Friday and freshman center Kevin Love had back spasms in the first half. Love finished under his average with six rebounds, but he was picked up by Russell Westbrook's career-high 11 and Josh Shipp's nine.

UCLA 67

Stanford 64

Collison doesn't rest as Bruins earn title 03/15/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:40am]
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