Bruins Beat Cougars in Pac-10 Opener, 80-71

Dec. 30, 2010

Final Stats

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Reeves Nelson and Malcolm Lee scored 21 points apiece to lift UCLA to a come-from-behind 80-71 victory over Washington State Wednesday night.

Nelson and fellow sophomore Tyler Honeycutt, who finished with 14 points, did most of their damage in the second half, after the Bruins found themselves training by eight points at halftime in the Pac-10 opener for both schools.

Nelson was held to eight points in the first half and Honeycutt, back from a one-game absence because of a sprained shoulder, scored 12 of his points after the break.

Honeycutt, UCLA's leading scorer, ignited a 20-6 run that brought the Bruins (9-4) back from a 37-29 halftime deficit. Honeycutt scored eight of the Bruins' 20 points during that run, with six coming on two 3-point baskets.

Washington State (10-3) lost its second in a row.

The Bruins connected on their first five field goals, but the Cougars stayed close before scoring 13 straight points to turn a two-point deficit into a 33-22 lead. Klay Thompson connected on two 3-point baskets during the spurt.

Faisal Aden contributed with a couple of jumpers, one from 15 feet out and the other from beyond the 3-point mark.

The Bruins did their best to clamp down defensively on Thompson. The Cougars' leading scorer scored 14 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 26 points.

Aden finished with 19 points, but the Cougars were unable to match the 52 percent shooting percentage that they had in the opening 20 minutes. Washington State connected on just 11 of its 29 field-goal attempts -- 38 percent -- in the second half.

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