Postgame: UCLA got the lead up to 10 early in the second half, Huskies cut it all the way back down to tie with about 12 minutes left, but they couldn't close the deal. The final score is a bit deceptive ... the result of several late nothing-to-lose fouls.
"We were not able to get stops," UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. "We turned the ball over. We battled back, but we could not get stops. They are a tough team at home. Dragovic got them going. He did a good job of opening up their offense."
UW remains atop the Pac-10 standings, but only by a half game ahead of UCLA, Arizona State and Cal.
Justin Dentmon led the Huskies with 22 points. Jon Brockman had 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
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The Huskies also have a few things to work when the work out Friday at USC's Galen Center. They hurt its own cause Thursday with 17 turnovers. They allowed UCLA to hit eight of 17 3-pointers, including a 3-for-3 performance from Josh Shipp and 3 of 7 from Nikola Dragovic.
The Bruins were led by Shipp's 20, but Darren Collison, Dragovic and Alfred Aboya all scored in double figures.
A tight deadline forced me out of the postgame interview area without time for many quotes.
But here's one from UW's Quincy Pondexter, who had 12 points, seven rebounds and an extremely solid second half: "It's very tough. They came out and played with 100 percent of their heart. They're a very competitive team, a well-coached team, and they did everything in their powers to make sure we didn't come in here and sneak out a win."
And this from a very complimentary UCLA coach Ben Howland: "I thought it was an outstanding win against a very good team. I think Lorenzo Romar, Cameron Dollar and that entire staff have done an unbelievable job, and they will be a tough team to beat in the NCAA tournament."
Halftime: UCLA, 34-27. Both teams started sloppily, but UCLA found its footing first, and the Huskies have played from behind most of the way.
Jon Brockman has eight points and 10 rebounds for UW. Justin Dentmon has seven points.
Josh Shipp leads UCLA with 11. Nokola Dragovic had six -- coming on a pair of 3-pointers that hurt the Huskies.
UCLA is hitting 38.2 percent of its shots, UW, 37.1
UW leads in rebounding, 25-20.
Tipoff: The lineups are posted. UW is going with its usual lineup: Brockman, Dentmon, Pondexter, Gant and Thomas. UCLA's lineup includes senior center Alfred Aboya, who had missed some time this week with flu-like symptons, but and was listed as probable.
Pregame: The Huskies are on the court warming up (gold uniforms) for their big match against UCLA. It's the pairing of the nation's No. 20 and 22 teams, and of the Pac-10 leader (UW) with the defending champion (UCLA) just a game and a half behind.
Tip is 8 p.m., and the game is on FSN.
Unfortunately, that late tip is tough on my newspaper deadline, and that in turn makes blogging a little tougher too. But I'll pop in here with news as it happens, then in-game updates, followed by postgame notes and quotes.