March 6, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - Jordan Adams scored 18 points and Shabazz Muhammad added 14 as UCLA (22-8, 12-5 Pac-12) dropped a 73-61 decision at Washington State in a Pac-12 contest on Wednesday night before 4,268 at Beasley Coliseum.
Washington State (12-18, 3-14 Pac-12) snapped a 19-game losing streak to UCLA, dating back to 1993. The Cougars claimed a 25-4 lead in the game's first 12 minutes.
Brock Motum led the host Cougars with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Royce Woolridge added 19 points. Washington State snapped a nine-game losing streak with Wednesday night's win.
Washington State limited UCLA to 38.6 percent shooting from the field after having claimed a 35-24 lead by halftime. The Bruins made just one of their first 10 shots in the opening minutes of the game but closed the first half on a 20-10 scoring run after having made six of their last 13 shots.
The Cougars played without Mike Ladd (knee injury) and DaVonte Lacy (knee injury), their second- and third-leading scorers. UCLA's Travis Wear exited the game in the second half after landing awkwardly on his right foot. Wear had been returning from a sprained right foot, sustained in practice on Feb. 25.
UCLA had won its eight previous contests against Washington State, who entered the game in last place in the Pac-12 standings.
Washington State outrebounded UCLA by a 46-23 margin, picking up 21 of their 46 rebounds on the offensive glass.
The Bruins did not score their second field goal until the 10:26 mark in the first half, snapping a 6:01 scoreless drought as they trailed, 19-4.
Motum finished the game shooting 7-for-18 with 20 points in 40 minutes.
UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad nailed a three-pointer with 17:19 left in regulation, reducing Washington State's cushion to 37-31. The Bruins never got closer than six points of the Cougars. Muhammad finished 4-of-19 shooting from the field, including 2-of-11 from three-point range.
The Bruins will close the regular season at Washington on Saturday, March 9. Game time is 11 a.m. Saturday's Pac-12 contest will be televised by CBS.
Following the regular-season finale in Seattle, UCLA will play in the Pac-12 Tournament from March 14-16. The Bruins will not play in the tournament's first round (March 13) after having earned a first-round bye (Pac-12 Conference's top four teams earn a first-round bye).