Norman Powell scored a career-high 28 points to lead UCLA to a 72-67 victory over Washington State in Pac-12 basketball.
LOS ANGELES – Tony Parker slept in on a rainy Sunday morning, causing him to show up late to shoot-around. His UCLA teammates were nearly as lackadaisical in the first half against Washington State.
Led by Norman Powell and Parker, who lost his starting spot as punishment, the Bruins got their act together in time to grind out a 72-67 victory and take possession of fourth place in the Pac-12.
Powell scored a career-high 28 points and Parker had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
“I had to prove to the coaching staff I took it seriously,” Parker said.
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Bryce Alford added 13 points and Kevon Looney 12 for the Bruins (18-12, 10-7 Pac-12), who moved a half-game ahead of Stanford.
The Cougars led most of the first half, getting a three-pointer from DaVonte Lacy and two by Brett Boese, for their largest lead of seven. The Bruins closed to 34-32 at halftime.
“We came out a little comfortable, being a home game and thinking we would automatically win,” Looney said. “They punched us in the mouth.”
Josh Hawkinson had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Lacy, scored 19 points for the Cougars (12-16, 6-10). They have lost nine of their last 12.
“We had so many scoring opportunities that we did not capitalize on,” Cougars coach Ernie Kent said. “The biggest thing is we left too many plays on the floor.”
Lacy’s three three-pointers gave him 243 in his career, passing Golden State star Klay Thompson (242) for the school record.