Feb. 11, 2006
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 No. 21 Washington beat No. 13 UCLA 70-67.
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 handling it."
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.