A game after Shabazz Muhammad was criticized for his seemingly selfish behavior, the star freshman and his UCLA teammates showed plenty...
LOS ANGELES — A game after Shabazz Muhammad was criticized for his seemingly selfish behavior, the star freshman and his UCLA teammates showed plenty of generosity with each other.
Muhammad scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half, when UCLA took control on its way to routing Washington State 76-62 on Saturday night for the Bruins’ seventh straight win over the Cougars. UCLA had 22 assists.
Muhammad’s behavior at the end of UCLA’s two-point win over Washington on Thursday night, when Larry Drew II hit the game-winning jumper at the buzzer, had people talking. He clapped and stomped his feet while calling for the ball in the closing seconds. After Drew II won the game, the Bruins celebrated on the court while Muhammad walked past them.
He said the critics “blew it out of proportion. Everybody was on the floor. I didn’t want to kill Larry. I really congratulated him after the game,” Muhammad said.
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The Bruins (18-6, 8-3 Pac-12) shot a season-high 62 percent from the field.
Brock Motum scored 17 points and Royce Woolridge added 16 for the Cougars (11-13, 2-9), who have lost four in a row and nine of their past 11.
The Bruins outscored the Cougars 20-4 in the paint.
“You’ve got to be able to score in the paint, too, and I think their athleticism and their quickness and their length bothered us,” said Cougars coach Ken Bone.