Feb. 4, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Joshua Smith scored 19 points, including six in the final two minutes, to lead UCLA past Washington State, 63-60, in a Pac-12 contest Saturday afternoon.
UCLA (13-10, 6-5 Pac-12) recorded its 19th consecutive victory at Washington State, a streak which began during the 1993-94 season.
Brock Motum scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the first half for the Cougars (12-11, 4-7). Reggie Moore added 12, Abe Lodwick 11 and Mike Ladd 10.
The Bruins trailed at halftime, 34-29, but went into a zone in the second half that shut down the Cougars.
With 11:40 left, Washington State led 49-45. But the Cougars scored just one basket in nearly nine minutes. During that span, the Bruins had a 13-2 edge and took a 58-51 lead with 4:49 left.
Lodwick broke the run when he hit a 3-pointer, but the Bruins closed out the game at the free throw line, hitting 6 of 8 in the final 30 seconds.
Smith made 8 of 9 field goals, scoring in double figures for the second time in three days.
UCLA returns to action against Stanford at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Thursday, Feb. 9. Game time is 8 p.m. The Pac-12 game will be televised locally in Los Angeles on Prime Ticket.