Brock Motum had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the last-place Cougars broke a 19-game home losing streak to the Bruins.
PULLMAN — No. 23 UCLA rolled into Pullman Wednesday night as the hottest team in the Pac-12, and the Bruins hadn’t lost here since 1993.
They rolled out of town 73-61 losers to last-place Washington State, a defeat that seriously damaged the Bruins’ hopes of winning the conference title.
“The lesson learned is that anybody can beat anybody on a given night,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “We are not dominant enough to just show up ready to roll, and that is my responsibility and obviously I failed tonight,” he said.
Washington State was without two key players, and only seven played against UCLA. But the Cougars got 20 points and 11 rebounds from Brock Motum to break a 19-game home losing streak to the Bruins. UCLA still leads the all-time series, 102-15.
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Royce Woolridge added 19 points for WSU (12-18, 3-14 Pac-12), which broke a nine-game losing streak that had put coach Ken Bone on the hot seat.
“It’s nice to see these guys rewarded with a win,” said Bone. “It’s a huge confidence-builder.”
Jordan Adams scored 18 for UCLA (22-8, 12-5), which had won four straight. Shabazz Muhammad scored 14 for the Bruins but hit only 4 of 19 shots.
“This is the first time in 19 years we beat them here,” Motum said. “I was happy individually to have beaten UCLA for the first time.”
Washington State played without Mike Ladd and DaVonte Lacy, their second- and third-leading scorers. Both are out with knee injuries, and Bone said Lacy won’t play again this season.
It didn’t seem to matter, as the Cougars sliced up the Bruins inside for easy layups.
“We set good screens,” Motum said. “Our guys were wide open for baskets.”
WSU held the Bruins 15 points below their average and out-rebounded them 46-23.
“For us to have 21 offensive rebounds and them to have 23 total rebounds, that was very impressive,” Bone said.
“We showed we can compete with anyone,” said WSU’s Dexter Kernich-Drew, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds in a rare start because of the injuries.
The Bruins were outscored 44-20 in the paint and were 8 of 29 from three-point range.
Stanford 83, at Cal 70
Chasson Randle scored 20 points, Josh Huestis 18 and Aaron Bright 16 as the Cardinal (18-13, 9-9) finished a season sweep and snapped the Golden Bears’ seven-game winning streak.
The game was stopped for nearly 10 minutes late in the second half after players from both teams began pushing and shoving one another. Six players received technical fouls, two others were ejected for leaving the bench and three assistant coaches were also ejected.
Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs, both of whom were involved in the fracas, scored 24 apiece for Cal (20-10, 12-6).