The collective primal scream that burst through UCLA's locker room door said a lot Saturday. The way coach Ben Howland barreled through...
BOULDER, Colo. — The collective primal scream that burst through UCLA’s locker room door said a lot Saturday. The way coach Ben Howland barreled through his postgame opening statement said more.
Howland was giddy. Yes, giddy.
“He’s happy,” forward Travis Wear said. “We all are. We’re where we want to be.”
That would be heading home, after four days in the mountains that wasn’t a trip down the bunny slopes.
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The Bruins couldn’t exhale until a three-point shot by Askia Booker clanged off the rim, preserving a 78-75 victory over Colorado.
The postgame scream was “a private team thing,” Howland said. But not a regularly scheduled event.
“Coach gets everyone together, brings the young guys up front and we yell,” Wear said. “We do it after big wins.”
It was UCLA’s ninth consecutive win and left it undefeated in the Pac-12.
The Bruins (14-3, 4-0 Pac-12) held up during blizzard conditions and a dicey bus ride in Salt Lake City to get a 57-53 victory over Utah on Thursday.
They endured a Colorado rally in the final five minutes, but the Buffaloes (11-5, 1-3) couldn’t erase all of a 13-point deficit and were left with their first home loss.
USC 76, at Utah 59
Dewayne Dedmon had 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks as the Trojans (7-10, 2-2) defeated the Utes (8-8, 0-4) to snap a string of 14 straight road losses.
No. 4 Arizona 80,
at Oregon St. 70
Solomon Hill had 16 points, including five three-pointers, to help the Wildcats (15-1, 3-1) bounce back from their first loss of the season. The Beavers (10-6, 0-3) trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half.
Washington 65, Stanford 60
California 67, Washington St. 54
UCLA 78, Colorado 75
USC 76, Utah 59
Arizona 80, Oregon State 70
Arizona State at Oregon, 6 p.m.