Feb. 2, 2012
SEATTLE (AP) - Terrence Ross scored 10 of Washington's final 12 points to finish with 22, and the Huskies overcame a 10-point deficit with seven minutes remaining to beat UCLA 71-69 on Thursday night at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Ross' 3-pointer from the wing with 1:20 remaining turned out to be the game-winner, but the Huskies (15-7, 8-2 Pac-12) had to watch Norman Powell's baseline jumper with 3 seconds left hang on the rim and fall off before celebrating their fourth straight win over the Bruins.
Ross scored 18 points in the second half and made 9 of 12 shots overall. Tony Wroten added 13 points and Darnell Gant had 12 for the Huskies, who retained at least a share of the conference lead.
Josh Smith scored a career-high 24 points for UCLA (12-10, 5-5) and added nine rebounds, but had just three points in the final 12 minutes when Washington switched to a zone defense.
They were in such an offensive rhythm number one, and number two Aziz [N'Diaye] had three fouls," said Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar on why he switched to zone defense. "We were trying to get them out of their rhythm and keep Aziz in there. We are not a zone team, but we practice it enough to be able to run it, and I thought it was effective tonight."
"I was really proud of the way our team played in a difficult environment," said UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland. "It was just disappointing to lose this game after preparing so hard in practice. I thought Joshua Smith played terrific today.
"But our defense - they shot 52% -- and our inability to attack to zone in the last five minutes, hurt us tonight. We got a little discombobulated; we had a couple of turnovers. We didn't execute some things down the stretch offensively."