Cougs Battle but Fall to No. 13/12 UCLA in Beasley
PULLMAN, Wash. — Battling another top-15 team, the Cougars (9-13, 2-8 Pac-12) fought until the bitter end, but ultimately fell to No. 13/12 UCLA (17-4, 8-2 Pac-12), 79-71, Sunday afternoon in Beasley Coliseum. Early on, the Cougs looked like primed to pull off another upset of the Bruins on the Palouse as WSU came out on fire, hitting 60.0% of their shots in the opening 10 minutes and closing the first quarter with a 14-2 run that pushed the lead Cougars’ lead to 20-13. Leading by as much as 10 early in the second quarter, the Cougs’ offense would stall as a handful of turnovers allowed the Bruins to run their way back into the contest ultimately taking a four point lead in the halftime break thanks to a six-minute, 16-4 run. After tying the game in the first minute of the second half, the Cougs would see UCLA create some separation once again behind an 8-0 run that knocked the Cougs on their heels. WSU would claw back into the game, trailing by just two possessions with 2:23 to play, but the six-point Bruin lead would hold as UCLA knocked down nine of 12 free-throws in the final 1:20 to secure the victory.
Stat of the Game
UCLA held a 51-29 advantage on the boards including grabbing 21 offensive rebounds which turned into 19 second-chance points.