Rapid Reaction: UCLA 59, Washington 57
February, 7, 2013
By Peter Yoon | ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- Larry Drew II made a 15-foot jump shot at the final buzzer to give UCLA a 59-57 victory over Washington Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion. It ended a two-game losing streak for the Bruins.
Here's a quick recap:
How it happened: The game was tight all the way, with neither team taking a lead of more than six points, so to have it come down to a game winner was no surprise.
Washington tied the score at 57-57 on a driving shot by C.J. Wilcox with 10 seconds to play. UCLA had a timeout left, but did not use it. Drew, the point guard, took the in-bounds pass, dribbled the ball up the court, broke out to the left wing and swished the game winner as the final horn sounded.
Washington's 36-32 lead with 16:44 to play was the largest lead for the Huskies in the second half. Shabazz Muhammad made a 3-pointer to cut Washington's lead to 36-35 with 16:16 to play, and neither team led by more than two points until Jordan Adams scored on a fast break to give UCLA a 47-43 lead with 7:06 remaining.
The Bruins extended their lead to 49-43, the largest lead of the game for either team, but Abdul Gaddy made a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch to tighten things back up.
Muhammad had a game-high 22 points on 8-of-23 shooting and added eight rebounds. Wilcox had 15 points for the Huskies and Aziz N'Diaye had 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.
Player of the game: Drew's game winner trumps Muhammad's point total. Drew had nine points on an efficient 4-of-7 shooting. The game winner was his third of the season, adding Washington to a list of victims that includes UC Irvine and Utah.
Stat of the game: The Bruins shot a season-low 33.3 percent (22-of-66) and were outrebounded 46-36, yet won the game. It is the third consecutive game the Bruins have shot below 40 percent, and the third consecutive game they have been outrebounded -- but the first of those three they have won.
What it means: The Bruins keep their Pac-12 title hopes alive, but their rebounding and shooting woes the past few games are a major concern.
What’s next: UCLA plays Washington State on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT at Pauley Pavilion. Washington heads across town to play USC on Saturday at 7.