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Bruins aren't technically sound

UCLA BASKETBALL FYI

Technical foul against Alfred Aboya helps the momentum switch to Washington.

January 25, 2009|David Wharton

SEATTLE — There was no question that Alfred Aboya picked a bad time to receive the first technical foul of his career.

The usually placid UCLA center acknowledged that he lost his cool in the heat of Saturday's 86-75 loss to Washington at Bank of America Arena.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Monday, January 26, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 39 words Type of Material: Correction
College basketball: An article in Sunday's Sports section reported that a technical foul on UCLA center Alfred Aboya in the Bruins' game against Washington gave Washington two free throws and possession of the ball. Washington did not get possession.

The Bruins were leading by three points and had stopped Washington on defense. But then Aboya leaned over fallen Huskies guard Venoy Overton.

"I told him to stop flopping because he always flops," Aboya said. "And I tried to help him up."

The officials called taunting. Washington got two foul shots and possession of the ball, and began to take control of the game.

Afterward, Overton still wasn't sure exactly what had transpired between him and the UCLA center from Cameroon.

"He's got a little accent. He's from Africa," Overton said. "So I couldn't understand what he was saying."

Brotherly love

Saturday was a historic day for the Holiday family.

For the first time, UCLA freshman guard Jrue Holiday played in an organized game against his older brother, Justin, a sophomore forward at Washington.

Their parents, Shawn and Toya, flew up from Los Angeles to watch. A sign in the Huskies' rooting section read: "Momma Holiday loves Justin More."

The elder Holidays tried to be balanced, wearing T-shirts that bore the logos of both teams. Mother sat with a small contingent of UCLA fans behind the Bruins' bench. Father was stationed behind the Huskies'.

Asked whom she was rooting for, Toya said: "Both of them."

By game's end, Jrue had the better numbers, with eight points, six assists and five rebounds. Justin, who had three points and five rebounds, got the victory.

Floor time

With Washington playing its usual hectic brand of basketball, flying up and down the court -- and drawing fouls -- UCLA Coach Ben Howland used his freshman reserves a little more than he had in previous games.

Drew Gordon played 11 minutes, scoring five points and grabbing four rebounds. J'mison Morgan played five minutes, scoring on a couple of plays inside. Malcolm Lee and Jerime Anderson also contributed.

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david.wharton@latimes.com

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