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Rapid Reaction: UCLA 61, Washington 54

3/9/2013

The UCLA Bruins won their first Pac-12 title since 2008 by ending an eight-year losing streak in Seattle with a 61-54 victory over the Washington Huskies on Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena. A quick breakdown:

How it happened: UCLA (23-8, 13-5) trailed 52-48 with 5:59 to play, but ended the game with a 13-2 run and held Washington (17-14, 9-9) to only one field goal the rest of the way.

Shabazz Muhammad tied the score at 52 with a 15-foot jumper with 4:17 to play, then gave the Bruins the lead for good by making a free throw with 2:51 left. Larry Drew II sealed the victory by making a driving layup for a 59-54 lead with 32.6 seconds left, then stole the ball on Washington’s next possession.

Player of the game: Muhammad had 21 points and six rebounds. He carried the team down the stretch by scoring nine of UCLA's last 18 points. He scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the second half after making just three of his eight shots in the first half.

Stat of the game: Drew set the UCLA single-season record for assists, passing Pooh Richardson, who had 236 in 1989. Drew had six assists in the game and has 239 for the season. The record breaker came on a David Wear dunk with 13:05 left in the game.

What it means: UCLA is the outright Pac-12 conference champion, thanks to the victory and a loss by Oregon at Utah. The Bruins will have the No. 1 seeding in the Pac-12 tournament.

What’s next: UCLA will head to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 tournament. The Bruins have an opening-round bye and will play Thursday at noon in the second round against the winner of the game between the Nos. 8 and 9 seeds.