Feb. 4, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Dijon Thompson scored 24 points, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation and the game-winning basket in overtime, to lead UCLA to a 58-56 win over Washington State on Thursday night.
Thompson's 18-foot jumper with 40.8 seconds left in overtime snapped a 56-all tie. The Cougars missed two shots under heavy defensive pressure in the final seven seconds, including a 19-foot runner by Jeff Varem as time expired.
Jordan Farmar had 12 points and seven rebounds for UCLA (12-6, 6-4 Pac-10). Varem and Thomas Kelati led WSU (9-10, 4-6) with 17 points each.
The Bruins, who have won 12 consecutive games against Washington State in Pullman or Spokane, needed two overtimes to beat the Cougars 80-77 on Jan. 6 in Los Angeles. WSU was 0-46 all-time at UCLA before winning last year.
Thursday's game was tightly contested throughout after WSU raced to a 9-2 lead in the first five minutes, when Varem scored seven points before sitting out most of the first half with two fouls. UCLA held small leads most of the game, but there were six lead changes and nine ties.
Kelati, who scored just two points in the first half, scored seven of WSU's nine points in the final 2:30 of regulation, including two free throws with 6.2 seconds left. Kelati's 3-pointer with 1:05 left in overtime tied the game at 56.
WSU shot just 40 percent from the field, 25 percent on 3-pointers and 53 percent at the free-throw line. UCLA shot 44 percent from the field, 29 percent on 3-pointers and 61 percent of its free throw attempts.