The switch flipped again Saturday.
Roy scored 20 points on 3-for-11 shooting and Dentmon, playing
with a sprained toe, had 16 points, including the clinching free
throws with 9.2 seconds left, as Washington (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) beat UCLA (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP)
Roy, who made 13 free throws in his fifth consecutive 20-point
game, blocked Jordan Farmar's 3-point attempt before the buzzer to
ensure the Huskies (18-5, 7-5 Pac-10) had their first season sweep
of UCLA since 1987. They have won three straight over the Bruins
for the first time since 1952.
The latest featured 54 fouls and 35 turnovers as well as nine
lead changes and three ties over the final 9:46.
"Oh, that is the most physical game I've ever played in," said
Roy, the leading scorer in conference play. "Those guys were
animals out there.
"It's not fun to play them."
UCLA (20-5, 10-3) had a chance to tie but Darren Collison, an 81
percent free throw shooter, made only one of two foul shots with
9.2 seconds left to get the Bruins within 68-67. Dentmon was fouled
immediately and gave the Huskies the three-point lead.
Bruins freshman reserve Alfred Aboya, who has had two knee
surgeries since July and was averaging 3.1 points per game, had a
career-high 15 points. UCLA, which had a five-game winning streak
snapped, stayed one-half game ahead of California atop the
conference but lost for the first time in seven road games.
Arron Afflalo and Farmar, UCLA's leading scorers, shot a
combined 4-for-23. Afflalo left with four fouls at the 13:20 mark
and Washington leading 42-20. Less than 90 seconds later, Bruins
center Ryan Hollins fouled out. Afflalo was forced to return with
10:08 left when Farmar got his fourth foul.
Fouls and their results -- 63 free throws combined -- were the
talk of the postgame.
"Brandon Roy was terrific. It seemed like he was going to the
line every possession," Bruins coach Ben Howland said.
When asked about the tight officiating, Howland said, "No
comment. ... I am required by law to handle it exactly the way I am
Dentmon's pick-me-up was reminiscent of the Huskies' last win
over a ranked opponent at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
On Dec. 4, Roy sat because of foul trouble for much of a
showdown with No. 5 Gonzaga. Dentmon scored a season-high 17
points, 11 over the final 9:40, in the win over the Zags.
On Saturday, Dentmon scored 10 points in the first half --
including seven during an 11-0 run that gave the Huskies their
first lead and pushed it to 24-17. Washington kept that lead until
midway through the second half.
Washington broke the last tie, at 60, on post move by Jamaal
Williams and a jumper by Bobby Jones with 2:02 left. The lead
stayed at four when Roy beat a double-team with a pass to wide-open
Jon Brockman, who dunked with 1:09 left.
"We outlasted them," Roy said, sighing.
Dentmon sprained his toe early in the game and had a metal
splint inserted into his shoe.
That wasn't the only pain he overcame. He also, finally, erased
the bitterness of Jan. 29's loss at Stanford, when Dentmon
inexplicably fouled Chris Hernandez of the Cardinal on a 3-point
shot just before the buzzer and Washington ahead by three.
Hernandez made all the foul shots to force overtime.
"I think he made up for the Stanford game," Roy said.
"For good reason, people were very critical of Justin after the
Stanford game," Washington coach and former UCLA assistant Lorenzo
Romar said. "He's done a fantastic job for us."
Dentmon said his phone was ringing incessantly with calls from
his hometown of Carbondale, Ill., after the Stanford loss. His
mother, Stephanie, flew west to console him.
"I was taking it bad, man."
On Saturday, when Washington needed him, it was all good.
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