LOS ANGELES (AP) –– Norman Powell scored 22 points and UCLA broke open a tie game with a 25-4 blitz in the second half to beat Colorado 72-59 on Saturday night.
Kevon Looney had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bruins (13-9, 5-4 Pac-12), who have won five of seven.
UCLA’s Bryce Alford finished with eight, after scoring in double figures in 19 of the team’s first 21 games. It matched the second-lowest total of the season for coach Steve Alford’s son, who played 32 scoreless minutes on Jan. 4 in a 71-39 loss at Utah and was 0 for 10 from the field.
Alford missed his first six shots before hitting a 16-footer from the left of the key to extend the Bruins’ margin 54-37 with 7:47 left.
Colorado (11-10, 4-5 Pac-12) got 16 points from Askia Booker, who scored 43 on Thursday night in a 98-94 triple-overtime win at USC.
Neither team led by more than six until Powell’s fastbreak layup capped a 7-0 spurt that gave UCLA a 40-33 lead with 12:43 to play. He drove the left baseline for a dunk that extended the margin to 48-37 with 9:32 left, and Alford made it 58-37 on a jumper with three minutes later.
The Buffaloes got no closer than the final margin, and made only one field goal throughout a 9:36 stretch during the Bruins’ decisive rally.
UCLA, coming off a 69-59 upset win over No.11 Utah on Thursday night, held Colorado to one field goal during a 10-minute span of the first half en route to a 27-23 lead at intermission. The Bruins held a 14-0 advantage in points in the paint before Wesley Gordon’s dunk with 5:52 left in the half trimmed the margin 20-16. Booker followed with a jumper and Tre’Shaun Fletcher added a 3-pointer to put the Buffaloes ahead 21-20, their last lead of the game.
Colorado: The Buffaloes are 1-5 against teams coached by Steve Alford. The only victory was Jan. 2, a 62-56 decision at home in the Pac-12 opener for Colorado and UCLA. Gordon, who blocked seven shots in that game, had two blocks in the rematch. … Colorado trails the all-time series 2-9, and is 0-7 against the Bruins in Los Angeles. … No Colorado player has had 10 or more assists since Feb. 13, 2014, when Booker had 12 against UCLA. That also was the last time a Bruins opponent had double digits.
UCLA: The Bruins’ first two NCAA championship teams were honored in a halftime ceremony. The 1963-64 squad was 30-0 under John Wooden, finishing their season with a 98-83 victory over Duke. They finished the following season 28-2, wrapping it up with a 91-80 win over Michigan. Among the players on hand for the ceremony were Gail Goodrich, Keith Erickson and Rich Levin, who went on to become a sportswriter for the old Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and eventually became Major League baseball’s senior vice president for public relations before retiring in 2010. … The Bruins have four road games left before the Pac-12 Tournament begins on March 11 at Las Vegas. Their only win on the road this season was against USC. … Looney entered Saturday as the nation’s only freshman averaging double digits in points (12.7) and rebounds (10.0). This was his 11th double-double in 22 games, including a 27-point, 19-rebound performance on Jan. 8 in an 86-81 double-overtime win over Stanford at Pauley Pavilion. … The Bruins are 42-6 at Pauley Pavilion since the arena was renovated and reopened in November 2012.
Colorado: Hosts Utah next Saturday night.
UCLA: At Stanford Thursday night.